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Morris Kiwanis Talent Shows to begin June 7

The Kiwanis Talent Show finals are held during Prairie Pioneer Days in Morris. File photo

Are you a singer? Maybe you excel in dance? Are you part of an instrumental quartet or jazz band? If so, those or any other talents will place you in the spotlight during one of four June evenings at East Side Park in Morris during the Morris Kiwanis Club's Annual Talent Contest. Winners of each evening's contest will take home cash and the right to come back Friday, July 13 for the contest finals...for bigger cash, as well as the opportunity to perform at the Minnesota State Fair Amateur Contest.

Competition begins at 7 p.m. in the band shell at the East Side Park on June 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2012. These evenings have become a community event preceded by a picnic-type supper at the park. Contestants are required to put down a modest entrance fee along with an application form available from the Kiwanis Club so that the Kiwanians can plan for the necessary stage settings.

Singers may bring a CD for use on the complete sound system. A piano is available for pianists or accompanists. Judges will score contestants on originality, appropriateness of the work for the entrant, quality of the performance and audience appreciation.

Cash prizes for the June 7 contest are $75 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for the third place finisher. All three receive the right to compete at the contest finals in July during Prairie Pioneer Days. First place winners for the balance of the evenings receive $50 and second place finishers receive $25. The third place finishers along with first and second place winners also receive the right to compete at the contest finals in July. The winners of the finals in July receive $500 for first place, $250 for second place and $100 for third place.

The contest is preceded by a hamburger or brat supper served by the Kiwanis Club for a fee. All funds raised by Kiwanis are invested in community projects for youth.

Entry forms can be downloaded from the Morris Kiwanis Web Site:, and the Morris Chamber of Commerce site. Forms are also available from Willie's Super Valu, Sarlettes Music, the Morris Chamber of Commerce Office, and John's Total Entertainment.

For more information call Ken Hodgson at 320-589-4468.