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Arts & Entertainment Heritage youth talent contest changes starting time

The 2011 “Heritage Alive!” Mountain Youth Talent Contest has really exploded. With 24 acts and only one and a quarter hours scheduled on stage (Bridge Park Pavilion on Mill Street), the schedule for the talent contest has been changed.

Not wanting to turn any child down for lack of stage time, the start time for the contest has been changed.

The contest will begin at 9:30 a.m. instead of 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, in downtown Sylva.

The program is chock full of mountain entertainment with youths ranging in age from 10 years to 18 years, featuring fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, buck dancing, vocals, and poetry. Every child is a winner at the “Heritage Alive!” Mountain Youth Talent Contest.

Cash prizes for all participants have been donated by the Catch the Spirit of Appalachia Board of Directors, parents of the 4-H youth, First Citizens Bank, United Community Bank and Champion Credit Union.

Judges for the contest are Judy Rhodes (guitar/piano/singer entertainer), Pam Dengler (fiddle/piano entertainer), Ron Smith (guitar/ banjo/singer entertainer).


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