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Posted on: August 26, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Corn Idol

Corn Idol Contest

The search for talent in the Murphy community continues as the Murphy Maize Days celebration, set for Saturday, Sept. 27, brings back the Karaoke Corn Idol contest for another run, according to Recreation Specialist Kayla McFarland.

“The contest is a fun way for anyone with a burning desire to show off their talents in front of friends and family to do so,” she said. “And, who knows, there might even be a prize in it for them.”

The Karaoke Corn Idol contest is held at the Community Stage at Murphy Maize Days, which runs from 10 a.m. until 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the City of Murphy Municipal Complex, 206 North Murphy Road.

“The Corn Idol competition is one of the Maize Days most popular attractions,” she added. “Some people show an extraordinary amount of talent, and others are there for the sheer fun of performing in front of a friendly crowd.” Entry into the contest is free, but requires registration. While registration will be available at 10 a.m. on the day or the event, prior registration online is highly encouraged. Minors must have parental or guardian permission.

As before, Rob Hunter of Ballard Street Music will serve as a very capable and entertaining Master of Ceremonies for the Community Stage. The company is also the Stage’s main sponsor. The Community Stage will operate form 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

New this year are more evenly distributed age groupings for the competition. For example, kids under age 9 will compete only against each other. Competitors between the ages of 10 and 13 will face off against each other, and participants 14 to 18 will have their own competitive category as well. Contestants 19 and above will be placed in their own class.

Each of the four categories will produce a first, second and third place winner, and there will be one overall winner from among all contestants. Judges will evaluate each contestant in three critical areas: pitch; rhythm and timing; and projection and vocal dynamics.

Registration can be accomplished at and is a prerequisite to participate. In the registration form, contestants must provide the names of two or three popular tunes which they plan to sing.

Additionally, talent for the Community Stage is being sought to play before and after the Corn Idol contest.
Send an e-mail to to get on the entertainment schedule.

“People always congregate at the Community Stage when the Corn Idol contest gets close to the finals,” said McFarland. “It’s a fun way to compete, win prizes and provide some homegrown entertainment.”

Murphy Maize Days will be held rain or shine. In addition to the Community Stage, the Main Stage will provide top-tier entertainment. There will be food booths, vendor areas, crafts, a Kid Zone, and other rides and attractions available. The event is free, however some items are available for purchase. A fireworks display will conclude the day’s events. Free parking and shuttles are provided from Tom Kimbrough Stadium and Murphy Marketplace.

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