Of this year’s contestants, Brittany Franklin of Point Pleasant, proved victorious as she was named the showdown winner. During the competition, Franklin performed Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” and Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me”.
According to officials with WBYG, Franklin’s combination of musical talent, stage presence, charisma, musicianship and originality caught the attention of showdown judges Heather Crum, Leah Smith and Randy Parsons. With her local win, Franklin will compete at the Washington County Fair in Marietta, Ohio on Monday, Sept. 5. If she wins there, Franklin will advance to the state final of the Texaco Country Showdown and will have the opportunity to perform at one of five regional competitions this fall. All regional winners receive an all-expense paid trip to the National Final as well as the chance to compete for the National Title and $100,000 grand prize.
This year’s local showdown first runner-up was Abby Slone. During the competition, Slone both sang and played guitar to JaneDear Girls “Wildflower” and Miranda Lambert’s “Gun Powder and Lead.” Winning second place was Jacob Gilmore, who sang Blake Shelton’s “Old Red” and Jake Owen’s “8 Second Ride.” All three top winners received cash prizes, compliments of the Gallia County Junior Fair Board.
Also competing in the local competition were: Cassie Vaughn, Shelby Gerlach, Cassi Heib, Tarah Arnott-Smith, Adria Watson, Nathan Wood, Mackenzie Darst, Second String and Alyssa Russell.