Organizers of the "15 Minutes of Fame" contest announced an open call for high-school aged singers and bands in the Big Walnut school district area.

Organizers of the "15 Minutes of Fame" contest announced an open call for high-school aged singers and bands in the Big Walnut school district area.

The open call is scheduled for 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at Big Walnut High School, 555 S. Old 3C Road, Sunbury.

The contest will have two rounds of elimination.

Contestants who make it through to the second round will perform in a show starting at 6 p.m. Friday, May 20. The event is free and open to the public.

That evening judges will narrow the talent to four singers and one band that will perform at the Sunbury Sizzle and Sounds festival, to be held from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, on the Sunbury Village Square. Entry forms are available at the high school or by e-mailing organizer Theresa Dronsfield at theresa@paradiselemonade.com.

Judges for the competition include Dronsfield; high school directors of band and choir Craig Porter and Lisa Huston, respectively; and two members of the band Lt. Dan's New Legs.

Dronsfield developed the competition as a way to involve the teenagers of the community in the festival which will be held for the first time in August.

"It's a way to involve the whole community including the school," Dronsfield. "Those four singers and one band will become the opening act for our anchor band Lt. Dan's New Legs and other acts."

Contestants can be from the high school, career center, private schools or home schools, but they must live within the Big Walnut school district, Dronsfield said.

"We're trying to keep everything in the community," Dronsfield said. "(The festival) is about promoting Sunbury and the community."

Dronsfield recently began a concessions stand, selling lemonade at festivals and events.

She enjoys Sunbury's annual flea market and wanted to add a food and music festival to the area's annual activities.

"An all-day music and food event - I presented the idea to the village, and we've got a lot of community support," Dronsfield said.

Dronsfield said she thinks the turn out for round one of the "15 Minutes of Fame" contest will be good.

After dropping off the entry forms at the high school, she asked her daughter Morgan, a sophomore, if she was hearing anything about the contest from fellow students.

"She said, 'no,' and I was disappointed, but the next day she said, 'I heard everybody talking about it," Dronsfield said. "I'm very excited."

For more information on the contest contact Dronsfield by e-mail at theresa@paradiselemonade.com. Information on Sunbury Sizzle and Sounds is available at www.SunburySizzleAndSounds.com.