Residents between the ages of 13 and 21 will compete for accolades and cash at the first Union County Talent Search sponsored by the Rotary Club of Union County.
Preliminary rounds will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. June 14 at the Marysville High School auditorium. Club president Nathan Pugh said anyone interested can contact him by June 10.
The final rounds are scheduled at 7 p.m. June 21, also at Marysville High School.
"We hope that it gives an opportunity for Union County to show off some of its up-and-coming talent and that the talent search itself can be successful enough to become an annual event," Pugh said.
"We currently have 29 contestants but will allow our judges to pick the top 15 to move on from our preliminary shows to our finals," he said.
Participants pay $5 to register. Admission prices for both the June 14 and June 21 performances are $5 per person.
"The purpose ... is to raise money to support the many service-minded projects that the Rotary Club of Union County gets involved in," Pugh said.
He described the club as a service-based organization that strives to give back to the community through various projects such as Community Care Day, donating to the Personal Needs Pantry or participating in the Adopt-a-Highway program.
"We currently have our contestants selected through an audition process held at Bunsold, Fairbanks, and North Union schools. Now we are hoping to get the community to come out and support us," he said. "We will select three winners and have a people's choice award."
The grand prize is $250 cash. The second-place finalist will receive $100 and the third-place finalist will receive $50.
"We attempted to get judges from all areas of Union County," Pugh said. "Our judges all have degrees or teach in the music arena -- one from Richwood area, one from Fairbanks, one from Marysville City schools, and one who teaches piano and has a degree in music."
The idea for a talent show came from a general interest in the community in musical events.
"I guess that the idea was mine ... based off of seeing the variety show at Bunsold (Middle School), Cabaret Night at the high school and hearing about Monarch Idol, etc.," Pugh said. "It just seemed like there was always a lot of support and interest in this type of event."
The deadline to enter was May 31, but Pugh said any residents who would still like to compete can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"We accept any type of talent but almost all so far have been musical. We would love to have some other varieties," he said.