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Balls Creek Campmeeting is tradition, way of life and memories

August 5, 2010

Campmeeting in August is a way of life in Catawba County. Matter of fact, it’s been that way for the past 156 year,when the first campmeeting was held.
In August 1853, Rev. H. H. Durant and Rev. Lewis Scarborough held religious services at the sight of the current Balls Creek Campground, under a brush arbor that first year. Folks traveled to campmeeting along dusty roads in covered wagons, and either lived in their wagons for the duration or erected canvas tents. Ten or so families built permanent wooden structures, or “tents,“ to stay in for the 1853 services.

'I remember when' - Memories of campmeeting

August 5, 2010

* “I remember when they put 55 gallon cans on each of corner of the campground to burn wood in.”

— John Carl Ervin, of Conover

 * “I remember when the ice man sold blocks of ice because no one had a refrigerator.”

— Janet Jones, Sherrills Ford

* “One of my happiest memories is when I bought my own tent. I also remember my mother telling she came to campmeeting in a covered wagon.”

Balls Creek Campmeeting schedule announced

August 5, 2010

Sunday, Aug. 8

* 6:30 p.m., A Celebration of Campmeeting — Center UMC Old-Time Hymn Sing

* 7:30 p.m,. Evening Worship —Center UMC, Rev. Paula Northup, Center UMC, Catawba.

Monday, Aug. 9

* 6:15 p.m.,Children’s Service — Gail Hildebran & Rose Bibeau — Hopewell UMC

* 7:30 p.m., Evening Worship —Mt. Anderson Baptist, Rev. Donald Cline, Mt. Anderson Baptist, Maiden.

Tuesday, Aug. 10

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