Chicot County’s Rev. R.C. Barnes will be one of finalists in this year’s Great SEARK Talent Hunt Showcase Saturday, April 24 at 2 p.m. at UAM Cotton Boll Stadium.
The top finalist from each of the area’s seven counties will be competing for the grand prize.
Celebrity judges for the event will be Christian singer/songwriter David Leonard, Fox 16 Newscaster Donna Terrell, and American Idol Contestant Ryan Harmon.
Leonard (formerly of All Sons and Daughters) will also host a bonus concert Friday night at 7 p.m. by Weevil Pond.
A second bonus concert by the Rodney Block Collective, offering professional jazz music, will be held just before the showcase Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on the UAM football field.
First place winners other than Barnes who will be competing in the showcase include Chester Huntsman of Ashley County; Gwendolyn White of Bradley County; Wayne Gross of Cleveland County; “Desha Three” featuring Kaniyah Davis, Azaria Campbell, and Houston Holley of Desha County; Mark Kelly of Drew County; and Braden Hunter of Lincoln County.
Organizers noted that masks are required on campus and the Clear Bag Policy will be enforced.
For tickets, visit Eventbrite.com and search: The Great Talent Hunt Showcase.
In case of rain, event will be held in Drew Central’s Earl Willis Auditorium.