Country Showdown this Friday

UNION — WBCU’s annual Country Showdown competition is set for this Friday.

The 34th annual “ZLOOP Country Showdown” will include 450 local contests in the spring, which are sponsored by country music radio stations throughout the U.S., and winners will advance to their respective state competitions held at leading fairs and expos. Acts then compete for a $1,000 prize, the state title and an opportunity to advance to one of five regional finals held at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Those regional winners will compete for the grand prize of $100,000 and the national title.

This year’s local event in Union — sponsored by WBCU — will be held Friday, June 12, in the USC Union Auditorium.

Seven contestants will perform country music at the local competition, vying for a chance at the state finals this fall.

This year, the local contest has formed a partnership with The Miracle League of Union County (MLUC), which will involve a portion of proceeds going to benefit the MLUC’s current project of an all-inclusive playground at Timken Sports Complex. In addition to the artists who will compete to win the local round of the ZLOOP Country showdown , there will also be performances by Miracle League players Gabby Hornsby, Dennis “Hilltop” Crisp, and Rylee Harris.

There will also be raffles for a $50 Exxon gas card and an acoustic guitar at the competition.

Tickets to the event are $5 each, and children age five and under will be admitted free. Tickets are still available at WBCU, located at 210 East Main Street, Union, or from any of The Miracle League of Union County board members. Tickets will also be available at the door.