Archive for Thursday, September 19, 2002

Talent show EudoraFest’s late afternoon showpiece

September 19, 2002

Here in Eudora, there might be a Kelly Clarkson in our midst.

But unlike the hit reality show, the EudoraFest talent show Oct. 5 isn't necessarily looking for that next "American Idol" just Eudora entertainers with a talent they want to share, according to Eudora USD 491 music teacher Angela Yarnell.

"The acts that we're looking for are music, or if they have a small dance number," Yarnell said. "Even if they had something off-the-wall, like puppetry, it's anything they felt like they could perform in front of an audience."

This year's EudoraFest will be the first to include a talent show.

"We needed an event late in the day to keep the crowd around," organizer Bill Folks wrote in an e-mail. "Traditionally the crowd tapers off by 4 p.m., and we wanted an attraction that would draw a crowd and keep the vendors happy."

The talent competition will be staged at the bandstand, near Main and Ninth streets. The facilities will include a keyboard and sound system, allowing competitors to sing along to a recording, Yarnell said, as long as the words weren't included.

Performers won't need to audition for the as-yet unnamed judges, who presumably won't offer "Idol's" Simon Cowell's scathing commentary.

"We have judges who won't be biased," Yarnell said.

Contestants can sign up in one of two categories: 12 and younger or 13 to adult. Yarnell said six spots per category were guaranteed, but interest could increase the number of openings.

Even though registration is free, winning pays, even if not with a recording contract. The judges will have $200 to split between the two first, second and third prizes, although Yarnell said officials weren't yet certain how the prize categories would be broken down.

Because contestants won't sign up until 1 p.m. the day of EudoraFest at the CPA Park gazebo, Yarnell doesn't yet know what acts will perform.

"Mainly they just need to have something they think they can perform in front of a group," she said.

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