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County's top vocalists to be selected

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By Alex Wimsatt

LEBANON JUNCTION - Back by popular demand, the Bullitt County Arts Council’s Bullitt County Vocalist of the Year Contest has returned.

On Saturday, some of the best singers in the county will have the opportunity to show off their vocal talents at this year’s Old Fashion Days Festival.

This marks the first year the competition finals will be held in Lebanon Junction.

Arts Council member and vocal coach Judy Nevitt, who organizes the annual event, said she was thrilled to have the 2010 contest finals in Lebanon Junction.

Nevitt has worked alongside the Old Fashion Days Committee for weeks to ensure that this year will be the most successful, with contestants young and old offering a wide variety of music.

“I have been blown away in the past,” Nevitt said.

“You can expect a wide range of music and talent from this year’s contestants.”

Performers will be competing for cash prizes and the title of Vocalist of the Year beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Finalists who made it through last weeks tryouts will be performing everything from rock, pop, hip hop and R&B to gospel, country and bluegrass at the entertainment tent between the Lebanon Junction Community Center and Daddio’s Pizza on Poplar Street.

Similar to American Idol, there will be three impartial judges to determine the winner, including original judge Miranda Riney, Arts Council member Donna Burke and special guest Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts.

If you were to compare them to American Idol’s panel of judges, Nevitt said Riney would be Simon Cowell with her honesty, Burke would be Randy Jackson and Roberts would more than likely be the Paula Abdul of the bunch.

The winner will be determined based on a point system to avoid any notion of cheating or favoritism.

The Bullitt County Vocalist of the Year Contest began four years ago when Nevitt had the idea to hold a singing competition similar to American Idol.

The first contest was held at the Mount Washington Spring Festival in 2006 before moving to Shepherdsville. Last year’s competition was held at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest‘s ColorFest. The 2011 finals are set to take place at the Bullitt County Fair.

“I believe it’s going to get bigger. It’s not going to go away,” Nevitt said. “I think its something good for Bullitt County entertainerseeI know we have a lot of good singers and musicians here.”

Be ready to laugh just before the Vocalist of the Year Contest when the Old Fashion Days Festival welcomes its first Hairy Legs Contest.

Folks with the hairiest legs will take home first and second place trophies after the contest, which begins at noon at the entertainment tent.

Contestants can sign up just before the event. Everyone’s invited to participate.

For more information about the Vocalist of the Year Contest or the Hairy Legs Contest, call Nevitt at (502) 773-6116, or email inquiries to vocalcontest@hotmail.com.