Special to The Hays Daily News
NATOMA -- Mt. Ayr campground sits on the edge of Osborne County Road 657, connecting Natoma to Alton. For 107 years, a summer meeting at the camp has drawn crowds from near and far.
Founded in 1904, four rural churches joined in a project for an annual summer camp revival meeting. They purchased a large tent, along with smaller "living tents" accommodating visitors for a fee of 25 cents. In 1944, a parcel of land was purchased and a wooden structure erected for a permanent tabernacle.
Of the four original sponsors, two remain faithful to the annual June event: Pleasant Plains Methodist and Mt. Ayr Friends Fellowship.
This year, the meeting was led by evangelist David Gallimore, Atlanta, Ga., with music by Roger Cooper, Alton. Eternity Focus was guest vocalist for youth night.
The celebration brought together the Schamberger family for a week of Bible messages, music and fellowship.
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Laah Tucker, 7858854116