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Ricky Skaggs to make debut performance at Ark Encounter during 40 Days and Nights of Gospel

Multi-award-winning musician Ricky Skaggs will make his debut performance at the Ark Encounter on August 12.

The appearance is a part of the 40 Days and Nights of Gospel Music Festival held at the Williamstown attraction from August 2 – September 10.

The annual event features over 120 concerts and inspirational messages from sought-after speakers.

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder (Photo provided)

The concert is included with park admission. The event is sponsored by Christian Healthcare Ministries, Inspiration Cruises and Tours and Singing News Brands.

Skaggs said he is excited to appear at the 40 Days and 40 Nights Gospel Music Festival held at the Ark Encounter.

“I remember many years ago when we all heard the news that the Ark was coming to Williamstown, I was so excited and said to my family ‘we’re going up to see the Ark.’ But the business of traveling the roads, doing lots of concerts every year, it just got behind me, so I filed it away but kept it on my bucket list,” said Skaggs. “My kids are all grown up and gone and I still haven’t got to see the Ark until now. It’s gonna be the best of both worlds. On August 12, not only am I going to see the Ark, but I’m also gonna be performing at the Ark. Wow, thanks God!”

“We believe ‘40 Days & Nights’ will be our largest-attended music event to date, especially with the addition of such names as Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Jimmy Fortune and The Isaacs,” said Ray Flynn, president and CEO of Abraham Productions. “We expect many guests will come for more than one day, so the final attendance might end up being even higher than last year’s event.”

“My wife and I love country and bluegrass music,” said Ken Ham, Ark Encounter CEO. “We have attended the Grand Ole Opry many times, including when one of our favorite artists has been featured: Ricky Skaggs. We can’t wait to welcome him to The Ark Encounter!”

Ricky Skaggs is a pioneer of Bluegrass and Country music, earning 12 #1 hit singles, 15 Grammy Awards, 13 IBMA Awards, nine ACM Awards, eight CMA Awards — including Entertainer of the Year — along with six Hall of Fame inductions. Since he began playing music over 60 years ago, Skaggs has released more than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows. He started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and released 12 consecutive Gammy-nominated albums.

The Grand Ole Opry member also penned his first-ever autobiography, Kentucky Traveler. The book details the life and times of Skaggs and provides a descriptive history of Country and Bluegrass music, as told by the master himself. As an in-demand musician, he is regularly on tour with his ace backing band, Kentucky Thunder. In 2020, Skaggs received the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government.

For more information on Ricky Skaggs, visit rickyskaggs.com.

The annual festival kicked off this week with a packed crowd. Additional artists during the event include Hoppers, Triumphant, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Isaacs, Legacy Five, Booth Brothers, Jason Crabb, Martins, Selah, Joseph Habedank, Whisnants, and a multitude of others.

For more information on the annual event, visit www.40daysofgospelmusic.com.

From Ark Encounter

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