Auditions get contestants jazzed for festival

This is the second year for the talent contest at the Muddy Frogwater Festival.

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MILTON-FREEWATER - The Muddy Frogwater Festival is many things to those who attend, eating fried elephant ears and roasted corn on the cob as kids scamper everywhere.

Frogs, of course, are abundant.

Last year, the festival added a talent competition, and organizers hope to build on its success this year - auditions are set for June 15 and 16.

The annual community event takes place here the third weekend in August and features a variety of vendors, club booths, food and entertainment. From a pretty baby contest and one-mile run to the harvest art show and watermelon-eating competition, there's something for everyone.

Beginning late afternoon on Friday and ending Sunday evening, the festival is billed as family-friendly.

Family participation - and plenty of it - is just what businesswomen Sandi Rowe, Jennifer Sullivan and Julie Culjak wanted when they decided to plant the seed for the talent show component.

The word went out in 2010 to sign up for "Talent in the Valley" and people from across the region responded, Culjak said.

Better yet, it seemed every participant brought a family entourage, adding to a safe and friendly atmosphere at Yantis Park, Rowe recalled. "I think it was very good added entertainment."

The upcoming auditions will include categories of band, vocal, instrumental, dance and variety. Auditions are open to all ages and will take place at the Milton-Freewater Community Building, on the corner of Fifth and Ward streets.

Song lyrics, language and clothing must be appropriate for a family atmosphere, organizers said. Band auditions are separate and can be set up by calling 541-938-6361.

At the Muddy Frogwater festival, three volunteer judges will award first-, second- and third-place cash prizes, with scoring based on originality, presentation and audience reception.

For more information, call 541-938-6361.

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