Ruth and Charlie Travers rolled out the red carpet on Aug. 8 and 9 for their 20th annual gospel jamboree at their ranch on the shores of Cochin Lake in the Tatlayoko Valley.
After 20 years they say this will likely be the last time they will host the event on this scale at their 7-7 Ranch.
“It’s time to retire,” Ruth insists.
The Travers invited Crystal and Herb Taylor of Crystal Clear Ministries in Red Deer, Alberta to lead the music and the jamboree.
The two-day event attracted people from around the Chilcotin and Cariboo along with guests and family members from Seattle, Arizona, Lumby, Kelowna, and the Lower Mainland.
Jim and Sue Carlson of Hanceville led off the music with some original gospel tunes.
They were followed by Christine Peters from Tatla Lake, Randy and Jan Brink of Williams Lake, and Randy Common of Fort Langley.
The Travers Family a cappella vocal group provided some endearing harmony led by family matriarch Ruth Travers who was joined by daughters Charlene Travers and Caroline Knoebel, granddaughters Lana Birchwater and Mekayla Markley, and granddaughter Acacia Birchwater.
Kleena Kleene Jim Watson from Caribou Flats shared some songs he had written.
Crystal Taylor shared many of her original gospel tunes from her eleven albums recorded in Nashville. Herb Taylor said he and his wife have been offering their unique country gospel “music with a message” for 21 years.