Texaco Country Showdown coming to Heritage Days

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The 31st Annual Texaco Country Showdown is coming to Macomb’s Heritage Days celebration June 23rd.    

WLMD Hot Country 104.7 will host America’s largest country music talent search and radio promotion.  Approximately $200,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded nationwide, including the grand prize of $100,000 cash to the National Winner, presented at the National Final televised special.

Designed to find the most promising country music talent in the United States for the past thirty years, the Texaco Country Showdown gives aspiring artists a chance to launch their professional careers.  Thousands of performers compete annually for the Country Showdown title.

Each spring, hometown talent contest sponsored by over five hundred local radio stations across the country pave the road to stardom.  Local winners advance to over forty state contests where the prizes include $1,000 in cash and the opportunity to compete at one of the five regional contests in the fall.  The five regional winners receive an expense-paid trip to the National Final to compete for $100,000 and the coveted National Title.

    “We consider the Texaco Country Showdown one of the most anticipated events in country music each year,” said Rick Bulger, Prestige Communications Promotions Director.  “It’s an exciting community event that provides aspiring artists in our area an opportunity for state, regional and national exposure while promoting a greater appreciation of country music.  We are pleased and proud that Refreshment Services Pepsi and Birkey’s Farm Supply are joining us as co-sponsors this year.  In addition I Compute, Curves and Western Illinois Credit Union will be local sponsors in the 31st Annual Texaco Country Showdown.  Heritage Days provides a perfect family friendly venue to hold this event and, in the past, it’s been one of the most attended Heritage Days activities.”

Open to vocal and/or instrumental performers, the Texaco Country Showdown welcomes individual acts or groups with up to seven members to compete.  Acts must not have performed on a record charted in the top 100 country format of Billboard, Radio & Records, or the Gavin Report within eighteen months preceding local competition.  A $20.00 entry fee is required of all acts entering the Texaco Country Showdown competitions produced by participating country music radio stations.  To ensure fairness, a uniform judging system is used on all levels of competition.  “We’re happy to announce that Jason Meadows, one of the performers at Heritage Days on June 23rd, will be one of our special guest judges”, Bulger said.  Meadows had been a contestant on the TV show “Nashville Star”.  Entry forms are available at the WLMD office at 31 East Side Square in downtown Macomb during regular business hours Monday-Friday.  Entry deadline is June 15th.

WLMD-FM 104.7 Prestige Communications, Inc. 31 East Side Square, Macomb, IL 61455 (309) 833-2121