Colgate Country Showdown in Alaska
September 08, 2006
The Colgate Country Showdown has become a tradition for scores of towns and cities across America. Over 450 local radio stations are chosen to host the Showdowns every year creating a genuine source of community pride as fans eagerly anticipate their annual Colgate Country Showdown. This year Ketchikan's own Gateway Country will have the honor of being Alaska s exclusive hosting station. Built on the concept of wholesome family entertainment, event producers take pride in a yearly event that pays tribute to their hometown talent and each year over 50,000 artists sign up. As a testament to this fact, virtually every major country music entertainer of the past twenty years has participated in the Showdown. They may not have won the Grand Prize, but it was often the first time they experienced the thrill of performing before a live audience.
It is a 25-year tradition and
we take great pride in the fact that it has become the starting
point for virtually all-new major country acts. Garth Brooks,
Vince Gill, LeAnn Rimes, Martina McBride, Sara Evans, John Michael
Montgomery, Toby Keith and Billy Ray Cyrus are some of the contestants
that got their big break through the Showdown. Over two million
people attend Showdown events each year at fairs, amusement parks,
clubs, etc., which showcase thousands of local artists who compete
at over 450+ shows throughout the country. From local to state
to regional, the competition narrows to Five Regional acts who
will compete at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee
in the National Televised Final for a Grand Prize of $100,000.
Gateway Country Program Director
Jamie Beldo, the Emcee of the Ketchikan Colgate Country Showdown,
said that she hoped for a great turn out of talent from across
Southeast. Beldo said that she had spoken with performers on
Prince of Whales, in Wrangell, Ketchikan, Juneau and Anchorage
about showcasing their talent. Beldo went on to say that "This
is such an exciting opportunity for us. Everyone has watched
these events on television in the past and dreamed of being the
person on that stage, but yet it seemed so far from grasp. The
Colgate Country Showdown is bringing that stage to Ketchikan.
Think of how exciting it would be to have our local winner be
the one on television, the one on that stage when the balloons
fall in Nashville."
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