By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Erin Wright of North Platte won the Texaco Country Showdown talent contest at the Chase County Fair Aug. 15. The young woman sang two songs to earn the honor, one of which, “Never Will I,” she wrote in honor of a cousin.
For winning, Wright won a certificate, will be featured on 106.5 FM, and will travel to the state fair for further competition.
If she takes first place there, she wins $1,000 and a chance to compete at the national finals. The winner there wins $100,000 and has a song recorded in Nashville, Tenn.
There were nine acts in the contest, new to the fair, sponsored by KOGA Clear Channel Radio of Ogallala.
Emcee Dave Bradley said schools are cutting back on vocal and theater classes, “So it’s nice to see such talent in Chase County.”
Others competing in the contest were: Cindy Hudson, Imperial; Jim Brown, Lamar; Taylor Dack, Paxton; Gizelle Barger, Imperial; Ansley Wood, Imperial; Morayah Cupp, Champion; Johnny Ray Scott, McCook; and The Team of Anna Bauerle, Emma Bauerle, Tapainga Kahle and Makenna
Judges were Randy Hayes, Jill Moline and Rob Browning, all of Imperial.