“One of the wonderful things about this competition is that we get participation from singers outside Franklin and the communities immediately around us. This gives everyone a chance to hear new voices and us a chance to showcase our city to visitors,” Franklin Marketing and Events coordinator Ronnie Beith said.
The kickoff concert will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, during Franklin’s Fourth of July Festivities Week. Additional concerts will be held with contestants being eliminated by audience vote on Wednesday, July 6, 13, 20, and 27. The semi-finals will be held Saturday, August 6 at 7 p.m., and the competition finale is on Sunday, August 7, at 4 p.m.
The winner of the competition will receive $1,000 sponsored by Franklin-Oil Region Credit Union. Prizes valued at $200 ($100 cash and a $100 gift certificate) will be awarded to the other three semi-finalists through the sponsorships by Jake and Nancy Lindsey, the Franklin Retail Association and Kendzior Orthodontics.
“This is one of our most popular summer events. Many of our residents and visitors eagerly await this announcement and mark their calendars to be at all the concerts.” Beith said. “Based on the audition packets, we promise that everyone will be excited to listen to this year’s contestants. It’s going to be another great year for Taste of Talent.”
"Those three have done so much for the Taste of Talent. They have had major involvement and input in the program and they have advised and nurtured many of the winners and participants," Beith said.
Taylor said she hopes to talk with the past participants pants to see what can be done to make them more likely to participatepate in the future. This year they had only a few restaurants interested and many said it is tough hiringg enough staff to do anything extra. "We are willing to retool it and we're looking for ideas," she said.