Morenci Idol returning to festival 6.11

Written by David Green.

After a well-received first try last year, the Morenci Town and Country Festival Committee is bringing back the Morenci Idol talent contest to the 2008 event.

The first round of competition is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at Wakefield Park. The contest will wrap up at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 29.

The competition is open to anyone from high school freshman age on up. All contestants will receive a commemorative T-shirt and the winner of the contest will receive a $100 prize.

The entry fee is $25 and registration forms will be taken through 4 p.m. June 26. Forms are available at Morenci City Hall.

Three area singers competed at last year’s festival and organizers are hoping for a larger turnout this year.

For additional information, call Michelle Bovee at 517/458-6954.

LITTLE PRINCESS—Although this year’s festival takes a break from the Queen’s pageant, the Little Prince and Princess competition is back.

The contest is open to any child through the age of five. Entry forms are available at city hall.

Winners of the contest will be announced at  6 p.m. Friday, June 27.

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