The winner of a Mount Sterling karaoke contest could do time… in a recording studio.
The grand prize in the Mount Sterling Revitalization Committees Village Vibe karaoke contest is a two-hour recording session at Heartland Studios, located just outside of Mount Sterling.
The committee has been holding monthly qualifying contests. The last two are set for 5 to 8 p.m. July 30 and Aug. 27 in the village square. A $20 entry fee is required from anyone who wants to compete for prizes. (Those who arent interested in prizes can sing for $5.) First place wins $30, second $25, and third $10.
The winner of each monthly contest advances to the finals, which will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 during Mount Sterlings Good Ole Days Festival.
Danica Olson, a Mount Sterling resident and Otterbein College music department student, won the May contest. Bobby Valentine, a Greenfield resident who was passing through town and heard the music, won the June contest. Ironically, he had just finished a personal recording session at Heartland Studios.
Entrants can choose from tens of thousands of songs. They also may play instruments while singing, though they are judged only on their singing.
A special feature of the August contest is a live performance byCrossroads, a classic rock and country band whose members hail from the Orient and Mount Sterling areas.
The mission of the Mount Sterling Revitalization Committee is to bring more business, people and pride to downtown Mount Sterling. The group holds an annual town clean-up day in May and mans a barbecue booth at the Good Ole Days Festival.
For more information about the committee or the Village Vibe contest, call Dan Adams at (614) 226-3811.