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May 24, 2014

Dogwood Jamboree youth talent search auditions slated June 7

PALESTINE — Youths age 18 or younger are invited to tryout in the Dogwood Jamboree talent search auditions for the upcoming show “A Country Cavalcade.”

Auditions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 7 at the Palestine Civic Center. Three young artists will be selected to perform for the Dogwood Jamboree show on June 14.

“We are so proud of these young people who love country music and those who are so talented,” Dogwood Jamboree Producer Dan Manuel said. “We believe in young people and it is great to see these young people off the streets and making an effort to improve their lives by participating in events similar to the Jamboree.”

There is no entry fee for auditioning.

“The judges have great difficulty in choosing only three young people for the show each time,” Manuel said. “They are often faced with some tough decisions.”

Any young person who plays an instrument or sings classic country music is invited to audition for the upcoming performance. They will need to call 903-723-6291 for an application and appointment time. Applications will not be taken after Thursday, June 5.

“We receive calls quite often from young people who are interested in being on the show,” Manuel said.

The winner of the young artists selected to compete on the June 14 show will advance to the finals on Dec. 6.

Seventy-five percent of the decision determining the winner of the show will be based on voting by the audience and the remaining 25 percent of the decision will be made by three judges that night.

The young person named “Artist of the Year” will receive a cash award, certificate and a $500 photo opportunity with Lee Loveless Photography.

Several talented artists have participated in the past. Morgan Smith of Tyler won the title “Jamboree Artist of the Year” back in December of 2013. Previous winners on the Jamboree are Taylor Heard of Mount Pleasant in 2012 and Kim Hendricks in 2011. Madison Fuller (former Miss Teen Texas) from Fairfield won in 2010.

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