Adeena Hires/Special to The Chronicle
Washington State Nashville Country Star finalists Audrey Collins of Fife (center) and Riley Hardy of Walla Walla (right), wait in anticipation for Ed Lisenbey (left) to announce the 2017 competition winner at the Omak Performing Arts Center. Hardy was announced 2017 champion.
As of Wednesday, February 7, 2018
OKANOGAN The last qualifying opportunity for this year’s Washington State Nashville Country Star competition will be Sunday, Feb. 18, in the Okanogan High School cafetorium, 244 S. Fifth Ave.
The event starts at 11 a.m.
High school-age singers can register online at www.wanashvillecountrystar.org or show up on the day of the qualifier.
“It is important to note this is the last qualifying opportunity before the performance rounds start,” said organizer Ed Lisenbey. “We have the largest signup for Okanogan that we have had in the last seven years.”
A similar qualifying event will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at Mission View Elementary School, 60 Terminal Ave., Wenatchee.
Performance rounds are scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, on Fox Island in the Gig Harbor area and 6 p.m. March 3 in Wenatchee.
“Singers can choose which quarterfinal best fits their schedule,” Lisenbey said.
The semifinal competition will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Virginia Grainger Elementary School, 1118 S. Firth Ave., Okanogan, and an “emergency semifinal opportunity” will be March 10 in Connell for those who cannot perform on March 17 because of prior commitments.
The championship will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 31, in the Omak Performing Arts Center, 14 S. Cedar St.
Last year’s winner was senior Riley Hardy of Walla Walla Academy. She performed Patsy Montana’s “Cowboy Sweetheart” and the Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody.”