‘Just Us’ kicks off fair in Gospel Tent

A regular act at the Auglaize County Fair’s Gospel Tent has been busier than ever during the past year and is looking forward to their annual performance to help kick off the fair’s festivities.

Just Us Quartet, who has been singing together for 12 years, is scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday in the Gospel Tent at the Auglaize County Fair.

Just Us Quartet sings a variety of styles, including gospel, while sharing their faith through music. The local quartet from Wapakoneta, is a regular at the Gospel Tent.

The group consists of lead vocalist Dale Dicus, tenor Everett Gross, baritone Garth Parsons and bass Don Bailey — with accompanist Karen Butler and sound technician Cliff Butler.

The group sings at churches, revival services, ice cream socials, alumni events, banquets, picnics and retreats. They have also helped kick off the fair by performing on Sundays in the Gospel Tent for almost every year they have been in existence.    

Just Us Quartet fills up the gospel tent by bringing in approximately 200-300 people each year.

Singing in the Just Us Quartet is a hobby for the members. They enjoy singing gospel music and they have many memorable performances.

The name “Just Us” comes from the group being ordinary people

Just Us Quartet Business Manager Marilyn Alexander said as they were brainstorming names one day, they decided, “let’s just be us.”

The members of the group said they work just ordinary occupations including an RV builder, dairy marketing, production worker and truck driver.

This year, the group has been busy with their jobs, while performing an average of two shows a month and getting ready to release another CD.

“We are doing well and we been just as busy as ever,” Alexander said. “We share the love of the Lord through music.”

Alexander said they are looking forward to their upcoming year with working on their new CD and organizing a Christmas program that they will present in 2013.

Their previous CD will be available during their performance at the fair.

“They enjoy performing locally for fans,” Alexander said. “It’s a way to share their talents and music.”