Country Fest has been around more than a century and a number of changes have occurred through the years. But one feature that has come around again is showcasing local, and often undiscovered, talent.
With the help of NorthRidge Foursquare Church, local performers can take the stage reminiscent of days-gone-by, but only after fulfilling the modern entry requirement of a video audition.
Since Country Fest is a family-oriented event, all acts must be of a PG-13 nature, and organizers are looking for all kinds of talent.
Potential contestants are invited to check out the Ridge Meadows Got Talent web page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RMGotTalent for full details.
Those interested must create a video of their talent, and include a brief bio, then either send the video by link or email to email@example.com and wait to see who is chosen to hit the stage at Country Fest.
Videos must be received by July 20 to be considered in the judging and contestants will be divided into two groups – ages 10 to 18 and ages 19 and older.
All videos will be reviewed by NorthRidge’s talent show team and narrowed down to the 10 finalists in each age category.
Finalists will be notified by email and scheduled for an appearance in the third annual talent show on July 29 on the mainstage at Country Fest.
“We have assisted the organizers of Country Fest in any way they required our services,” said Peggy Stoltz of NorthRidge who is coordinating this year’s talent event. “We are happy to have been asked to participate again this year.”
More than just fame and the chance to perform, first, second, and third place winners in both age categories will be given prizes donated from local churches and businesses.
Talent judges include past contestants on Canadian Idol: Matt Kennedy and Sam Romijn, who will also perform the evening of the talent show.
Stoltz said if performing on video or on stage isn’t everyone’s thing, then consider coming down to cheer on those who take the plunge at Country Fest from approximately 3:45 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 29.
Country Fest will be at the Albion Fairgrounds both July 28 and 29. Admission is free. Parking is $2 a day.