Contestants Sought for the Mountain Youth Talent Contest

Apr 12, 2017
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SYLVA — To showcase the musical and vocal talents of our children, Jackson County 4-H, in association with Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, will again produce the Mountain Youth Talent Contest during the Greening Up the Mountains Festival, Saturday, April 22, on the Main Street Stage. Contest time is 9:30 a.m.

Participants in this contest must exhibit a talent that will reflect Appalachian heritage adhere to the Qualifications and Rules set up by the organizers of the talent contest and the Greening Up the Mountains Festival. Categories of the contest include:

Poetry/Storytelling (writings about heritage, items of historical significance, old timey ways)

Vocal Performance – Individual or Group (old timey songs, old gospel songs, bluegrass, heritage tunes)

Instrumentalists – Individual or Group (feature instruments such as banjo, fiddle, guitar, dulcimer, mandolin playing old-timey songs, old gospel songs, bluegrass, heritage tunes)

Dance – Individual or Group (Clogging, Square Dance, Irish Folk Dance, Native American Dance)

Certificates and 4-H ribbons are awarded to all contest participants.  Best of Show 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places will be awarded. First and Second Place Best of Show winners will participate in the final contest of the season on the Heritage Stage at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day on Saturday, September 30, 2017.

To enter, complete an on-line entry form by April 14th.  Information, Guidelines and Entry Form are available at the Jackson County 4-H blog:

For more information contact Kerri Rayburn, 4-H Administrative Assistant, 828-586-4009 or or Heather Gordon, Jackson County 4-H at 828-586-4009 or

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