FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, AUG. 14, 2008
Tamara Crain, competitions coordinator
N.C. Mountain State Fair
(828) 687-1414, ext. 210
N.C. Mountain State Fair gospel singing
competitions seeking soloists and groups
FLETCHER – The N.C. Mountain State Fair is a reflection of the local traditions and heritage arts of the area, and the annual gospel singing competition has grown out of those well-tended roots.
The competition offers groups and soloists an opportunity to showcase their musical talents, and fairgoers who make their way to McGough Arena will be treated to two days of uplifting and spiritual entertainment.
“This competition draws a number of outstanding choirs and performers, which makes for enjoyable afternoons of gospel music,” said Matt Buchanan, N.C. Mountain State Fair manager. “Fairgoers can expect to hear both traditional and contemporary gospel performances.”
The solo competition, featuring juniors, youth and adults, will be held Sunday, Sept. 7, starting at 2 p.m. The group competition will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, at 3 p.m.
There are five divisions in the competition, with ribbons and prize money awarded to first- through third-place winners in each. First place in the solo competition wins $150, second receives $100 and third earns $50. In the group category, first place takes home $300, second wins $200 and third receives $100.
Performers are limited to two songs and are judged on appearance, presentation and quality, originality and professionalism.
Interest continues to grow in the competition. Already, the adult soloist competition is full, but there are still spots for junior soloists and groups of all ages. Anyone interested in entering the gospel singing competition needs to fill out an entry form. The forms are available on the N.C. Mountain State Fair Web site at www.mountainfair.org or in the premium book. Copies of the premium book can be picked up at the Western N.C. Ag Center or the Western N.C. Farmers Market in Asheville.
The N.C. Mountain State Fair runs Sept. 5-14 at the WNC Ag Center.