By CHERIL VERNON
Youth of all ages are invited to audition for the Dogwood Jamboree’s August show “Take Me Home Country Road.”
Auditions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 3 at the Palestine Civic Center.
Any young person age 18 or under who plays an instrument or sings classic country music may audition for the opportunity to be one of three to compete in the youth talent search on the Aug. 10 Dogwood Jamboree show.
“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.
“We receive calls quite often from young people who are interested in being on the show,” Manuel said. “The judges have great difficulty in choosing only three young people for the show each time. The judges are often faced with some tough decisions.”
Those wanting to audition should call 903-723-6291 for an application and appointment time.
The winner from the August show will advance to the finals on Dec. 7. The young person named “Artist of the Year” will receive a cash award, certificate and a $500 photo opportunity donated by Lee Loveless of Lee Loveless Photography.
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.
Taylor Heard of Mount Pleasant won the title “Artist of the Year” for 2012. Kim Hendricks won in 2011 and Madison Fuller (former Miss Teen Texas) of Fairfield won in 2010.
“Some of the young performers who have appeared on previous shows have advanced their careers with recording labels,” Manuel said.
The Aug. 10 Dogwood Jamboree will include popular East Texas female doo wop group Shake, Rattle and Roll, singing music from the 1950s and 1960s. Local duo Yesteryear also will perform, as well as local artist Lori Bishop Young.
Regular performing artists returning will include Manuel, Joe Hancock, Hal Roper and Sissy Perry. Sandy “Flo” Singleterry will provide comic relief during the evening.
“The show has drawn attention nationally and we have gotten calls from people in surrounding states who will attend the performance,” Manuel said. “One person has secured a ticket from the state of Massachusetts. We have a lot of visitors and tour groups coming for the show that night.”
Advance tickets are $12.50 and can now be purchased at the following locations: Cavender’s Boot City, Dogwood Diner, Hometown Pharmacy and Bishop’s Brisket House in the Palestine Mall. Advance tickets also are available by calling 903-729-7080, 903-723-6291 or 903-724-2556.
Advanced tickets can be purchased through 5 p.m. Aug. 9. After that time, tickets must be purchased at the door for $15.