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Sign up for Melon Idol

By submitted, 08/2/21 9:52 AM


HOPE – Sign up now for Watermelon Idol, the premiere singing contest in the Ark-La-Tex region!  Watermelon Idol is live again this year at the Hope Watermelon Festival at Hope Fair Park.  The contest is limited to 20 entries that will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  The first round of competition is Thursday, August 5 at 4:30 p.m. on the Farmer’s Bank Stage.  The final round will be held on Saturday, August 7, at 6:00 p.m. on the CMC Steel Concert Stage.  The grand prize winner will have the opportunity to open for Phil Vassar at the Watermelon Festival Concert on Saturday night.

Preliminary Round:  Thursday, August 5, 4:30 p.m. – Farmer’s Bank Stage at Hope Fair Park

Final Round:  Saturday, August 7, 6:00 p.m. – Hope Fair Park CMC Steel Concert Stage


3rd place – $50 & Trophy

2nd place – $150 & Trophy

1st place – $300, Trophy, & opens for Phil Vassar

*The Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce provides trophies and cash prizes.

Entry Form:  https://bit.ly/3iehhEZ

Official Rules:

  • No professional singers are allowed to enter the competition.
  • No previous winners are allowed to enter the competition.
  • There are no separate categories for individual and group acts or age.
  • The top 5 acts based on the judge’s scores will make it to the final round.
  • No arguing with or harassing the judges will be tolerated.
  • If you are late for your time slot, you will be disqualified.
  • Contestants must provide their own instruments and/or soundtracks.

For more information, contact the Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce.