COSHOCTON -- The fifth annual Singing Showdown is returning to the Coshocton County Fair on a new date and location.
The singing contest has been held Tuesday during the fair at the grandstands. This year, contestants will compete for the cash prize at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Rotary Pavilion located near the main entrance to the grounds.
"Changing the date gives singers who want to compete a better opportunity to be able to attend," said Rick Williamson, event organizer and owner of RD Promotions. "The vision for the competition is to hold singing contests throughout the state and bring the top performers back to my hometown for a quality show for fairgoers."
The problem with a Tuesday contest has been getting time off work or school for out-of-town contestants to travel to Coshocton County. A Saturday evening event creates a better opportunity for these performers to travel and hopefully spend the weekend at the Coshocton County Fair. This year's top contestants from the Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival and the Lorain County Fair who are eligible to compete include Kearstin Clark and Bobbi Moody, both of Coshocton; Brian Hayes of Adamsville; Alysa Higgins and Kayla Smith, both of Elyria; and Kurt West of Wakeman.
Singers in the contest must pre-qualify at one of the following tryouts:
* 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Town Center Civic Hall on Main Street, Coshocton.
* 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Sept. 21 at ACES in Dresden.
* 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 at the RD Promotions tent on the second midway.
There is a $5 entry fee and contestants are judged during the contest on singing ability, knowledge of song, appearance, stage presence and judges' overall impression.
For official rules and more details, visit www.singingshowdown.com or visit the "Official Rick Williamson Page" on Facebook.