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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Singing competition gets new name

  • With the popularity of the single mic competition last year at the annual Barnyard Days, organizers have announced they have a new name for the competition.
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  • With the popularity of the single mic competition last year at the annual Barnyard Days, organizers have announced they have a new name for the competition.
    "When we started this last year, we never did it before, so we didn't quite know exactly where it was going to go," said Steve Roark, co-owner of Circle R Ranch, where the event is held. "Paul Wannenmacher (of Wannenmacher Advertising of Springfield, Mo.) said, ''You need to get a name for it.' I have been talking to Bob Brumley on a couple of other projects. We thought, maybe Bob would let us use his father's name (Albert E. Brumley) to sponsor the event.
    We went and talked to him and he said, 'Sounds like a great idea.'"
    Therefore, this year's single mic contest will officially be named the Second Annual Albert Brumley Single Mic Showdown at Barnyard Days.
    The competition will be a two-day event, held on Saturday, Oct. 5, and Sunday, Oct. 6. The Barnyard Days will start off on Friday, Oct. 4, and also conclude on Sunday, Oct. 6. See an upcoming edition of the Neosho Daily News for a complete story on Barnyard Days.
    "We are excited about the single mic contest," Roark said.
    They are going to have 10 acts this year (for Saturday) and then five finalists on Sunday.
    "It will be the same format as last year — we will have more than $1,000 cash prize money. We did a deal last year that worked really well. We put a tip jar out and the public can put tips in that jar for the performer and at the end of each act – they sing five songs – we count up the tips in that jar, and record it and we do that for every one of the acts. At the end of the day, we see which act got the most tips. That act is deemed people's choice award and they split the pot with BCFO (Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks). So, it makes several hundred dollars for the entertainer and it makes several hundred dollars for BCFO. Everyone who performs on Sunday is paid."
    Competitors can visit www.barnyarddays.com for an entry form on the single mic showdown. They can also contact Roark at 825-4623 for more information.
    Musicians can perform gospel music, bluegrass or country music and songs must be "G" rated. It is open to any age group. And there is no charge to enter.
    "We limit it to no more than five performers (per act)," Roark said. "The vast majority of the people we have perform are solo acts."
    The response has been great.
    "I think that we have five of the 10 slots filled now," he said. "It has been a great response."
    Page 2 of 2 - There will be different judges to judge the acts on Saturday and Sunday. Not only will there be cash prizes on Sunday for the five finalists, Roark noted that the first place winner will also receive something else.
    "We have two ideas, either one of them is an option we will kind of select one this week," Roark said. "But there will be a trip to a musical concert that will be included with the first place $500 winner. It will include the musical event/concert and include hotel accommodations."

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