POINT PLEASANT — Thousands of performers compete across the nation each year for the Country Showdown title, and Ohio Valley residents are no exception.
The 33rd annual Country Showdown is coming to Point Pleasant this Saturday as part of the festivities during the Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta. The event will be hosted by WBYG “Big Country 99.”
The Country Showdown is America’s largest country music talent search and radio promotion, searching for the most promising country music talent in the United States. For the past 32 years, it has given aspiring artists a chance to launch their professional careers.
WBYG on-air personality Tom Payne said the showdown brings out the community and supports the country music genre.
“We consider the Country Showdown one of the most anticipated events in country music each year,” Payne said. “It is an exciting community event that provides aspiring artists in our area an opportunity for state, regional and national exposure while promoting a greater appreciation of country music. We are pleased and proud to join the Regatta Committee in bringing the community the 33rd Annual Country Showdown.”
The WBYG staff says the Country Showdown is open to vocal or instrumental performers in individual acts or groups of up to seven members.
The national rules also say acts must not have performed on a record charted in the top 100 country format of Billboard, Radio and Records or the Gavin report within the 18 months prior to the local level of competition.
Anyone interested in competing can register at the WBYG station at 303 8th St., in Point Pleasant during office hours, or at the Riverfront Park at 4 p.m. Saturday. A one-time $20 entry fee is required with registration.
The preliminary competition will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday at Riverfront Park. Twelve finalists will be chosen from the bunch to compete in the final round at 8 p.m. The top three contestants will receive monetary prizes, with the first place winner advancing to the state competition in Parkersburg.
Acts who make it to the national final in Nashville, Tenn., will have the chance to win the grand prize of $100,000.
For more information, call WBYG at 304-675-2763.