John Michael Montgomery, LeAnn Rimes and Martina McBride all used the Colgate Country Showdown as a steppingstone to jump start their music careers.
And at this year’s Roosevelt County Fair, 18 will try to follow their path toward country music’s elite.
The event is one of many to will fill a tight schedule from Wednesday through Saturday at the annual county fair.
The local level country talent show will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The contest is sponsored by local radio station KSMX Mix 107.5.
Steve Rooney, 107.5 radio personality, said he is pleased with the number of contestants, some of whom will travel from as far as Albuquerque to compete.
“It should be fun,” Rooney said. “I’m pretty excited by the response. We thought we’d get eight or nine. It’s not a money maker or anything; it’s just something to do over the summer when there’s not a lot going on.”
Ages of contestants range from 15 to those in their 40s, Rooney said, and a trio of locals will act as contest judges.
Roosevelt County Sheriff Tom Gossett, one of the judges, said he’s not sure what to expect but is a fan of country music.
The winner of the local contest will then compete in the Texas state showdown. The winner of the Texas state contest moves on to regional. The last stretch involves a national competition in January of 2004 with a $100,000 prize and a demo contract.
Rooney noted that some contestants will sing voiceovers to already popular country music, and others will provide their own tunes.