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Ron and Opal Erickson performing in Erhard

July 7, 2014

Fergus Falls Daily Journal, Minn.

July 07--Coming to the Grace Lutheran Church of Erhard, will be Ron and Opal Erickson in concert Wednesday, July 9.

Ron and Opal will recall those old favorite hymns and traditional gospel songs of yesteryear.

The Ericksons have been singing gospel music in churches and on their shows across America since they were married 43 years ago. They are now the 2007, 2008 and 2011 International Duo of the Year award recipients for CGMA (Country Gospel Music Association) and Opal received the Female Vocalist of the year award in 2009. They were honored to be the official ambassadors for the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans theater in Branson, Missouri, as they represented the King of the Cowboys, and the King of Kings, Jesus Christ.

The Ericksons say God has given them many opportunities to openly share His goodness and restoration power, thus bringing hope and encouragement to His people. Their number one desire in life is to honor Him in all that they do, they say. God has placed them in a very unique type of work/ministry (entertaining snowbirds in southern Arizona and California).

Having grown up in the southern parts of Georgia, Opal has a deep-rooted love for traditional and country/southern style gospel music. In their circle of friends and entertainers she is now often referred to as "Little Vestal Goodman." Ron and Opal love to share the great things God has done in their lives, what He is presently doing, or just have a good time in music and fellowship. They love to entertain and as it's often said, "To know them is to love them."

Ron on the other hand, was born and raised in the Fargo/Moorhead area. After serving in the USAF during Vietnam, he and Opal made their home in Kansas City, Kansas, The past 25 years they have made their home near Branson in the Ozarks. During the past 15 years, they've spent most of their time traveling across the entire U.S performing their show. He is also an accomplished steel guitar player who has been a part of several Opry shows in the Midwest and played back up in the band for such country greats as Web Pierce, Pretty Miss Norma Jean from the Porter Wagoner Show, Barbara Fairchild, and others.

There is no charge for this concert with the Ericksons. The event is 7 p.m. Wednesday July 9.


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