For the past few years, the Washington Times-Reporter has sponsored a karaoke contest at the Cherry Festival, called Cherry-oke. This year however, the newspaper is doing something a little different. 


 

For the past few years, the Washington Times-Reporter has sponsored a karaoke contest at the Cherry Festival, called Cherry-oke. This year however, the newspaper is doing something a little different. 

It is sponsoring a talent show for children called Kidz Got Talent. It will allow children the opportunity to showcase their singing, acting, comedy or other skills to the Cherry Festival crowd.

“We’ve been doing (the karaoke contest) for about eight years and it has just run its course,” said Linda Smith Brown, publisher for TimesNewspapers. “We thought, ‘Let’s do a children’s talent contest;’ it’s great for families to come out and support the young talent. We are all looking forward to it.”

While the actual contest is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 3, contestants must first audition at 1 p.m. May 15 at the Washington Park District office, 105 S. Spruce St. 

Contestants will be divided into three age groups and the top five from each group will advance to the June 3 performance at the Cherry Festival.

The age groups are divided as such: pre-K-fourth grade, fifth-eighth grade and high school. 

Students will be divided according to the grade they were in the previous school year.

Contestants will be judged on showmanship, knowledge of the material, appearance — costumes, sets or props — ability to entertain and talent in general.

“We want to put on a good, entertaining show,” Smith Brown said. “We are looking for those who are ready to be performers.”

First place prize in each age group is $75 with $50 being awarded to those who finish in second place.

The contest is open to different kinds of talent excluding pet tricks; it is also open to group performers. The contest is not just for Washington residents either, but open to children from other communities as well.

“It’s for the sake of the show,” Smith Brown said. “We want to entertain, so choosing from a broad talent base (is key) ... plus the Cherry Festival wants to draw people from a wide base as well.” 

For more information, call 692-6600.