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St. Ann's Bazaar to have own version of 'Idol'

MOOERS FORKS - If you're still reeling from the season finale of American Idol and need a fix, then there's a challenge that might be what you're looking for.

St. Ann's Church will host its annual St. Ann's Bazaar this Sunday, June 7, this year featuring its own version of the popular television show's singing competition.

Paula Ashline, chairperson of the bazaar's entertainment committee, said "St. Ann's American Idol" is actually a new twist on an old favorite for the family-oriented event. "Idol Fever," as its come to be known, swept the North Country earlier this year when Nathaniel "Nate" Marshall of Malone made the Top 36 finalists of that nationwide television competition. It's that type of excitement Ashline hopes will fuel the enthusiasm for the St. Ann's competition.

"Every year we have a karaoke/lip syncing talent show," explained Ashline, "and with American Idol being a big hit this year, we thought if we changed the wording of our competition, we'd have more contestants come."

Typically, the bazaar's singing competition draws participation from 20-30 people, but with the new way of promoting it, Ashline would like to see that number increase dramatically.

"There's so much talent out there. A lot of people don't even realize," she said. "We're hoping they'll come and have lots of fun."

As an added incentive, cash prizes will be given to those placing first, second and third in the competition which will have two divisions - ages 5-12 and ages 13 and older.

"We thought it would be better to have two age groups because it wouldn't be fair to have kids competing against adults," said Ashline.

The singing competition will only be part of the fun planned for this Sunday, Ashline said.

The bazaar will actually begin with a parade at 11 a.m., starting at the corner of Davison and Blackman Corners Road. Backroads Country, a country music band, will perform from 12-2:30 p.m., followed by a performance by the Northern Lights Square Dancers from 2:30-3:30 p.m. The St. Ann's American Idol will follow from 3:30-6 p.m. Registration for the contest will begin at 2 p.m. There is no entry fee, though participants are asked to bring their own music on a CD.

Throughout the day, there will be games for kids and a petting zoo featuring alpacas. Also, a roast beef dinner will be offered, as well as hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage, French fries, onions and other carnival food.

The bazaar will wrap up at 6 p.m. with a giant raffle of several donated high-quality items.

For more information about this Sunday's bazaar or the St. Ann's American Idol contest, contact Ashline at 236-7327.

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