Contest slated to find the next Patsy Cline

A singing contest in April aims to find the next Patsy Cline.

The fourth annual Patsy Cline “Sing-a-Song” contest, presented by the Patsy Cline Historic House, will be held at 2 p.m. April 11 at Winchester’s Apple Blossom Mall.

Over the past three years, the contest has attracted singers from across the country, some as young as 4 and as old as 70.

JudySue Huyett-Kempf, executive director of the Patsy Cline Historic House, said there are already eight contestants signed up for the competition, out of the 25 total contestants that will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

“We’re not looking for a look-alike or a sing-alike,” she said. “We’re looking for someone who can sing Patsy’s songs and do Patsy justice.

“In her early days, this is what she did. She entered any contest, would sing in front of any crowd anywhere and we’re just carrying on that tradition.”

Huyett-Kempf said they’re looking for singers who might not be polished professionals, but hope to make it one day with a dream similar to Cline’s.

She said contestants should come ready with three of Cline’s songs prepared.

“‘Walking After Midnight’ seems to be the most popular song so far [people have chosen],” she said.

Judges for the contest include Winchester City Manager Eden Freeman, Elvis impersonator Kevin Booth and Hagerstown radio personality Philip Miller.

Huyett-Kempf said the winner of this year’s contest will be featured at the Patsy Cline Music Festival scheduled for Labor Day weekend.

“It’s just a way to keep Patsy going,” she said. “Not that she needs any help, but in this way we’re keeping the tradition of a talent contest going.

“This is just another way of showcasing the pride and joy of Winchester’s hometown girl.”

The entry fee into the Patsy Cline Sing-a-Song contest is $25. Applications are due by April 3. Proceeds from the contest benefit the Patsy Cline Historic House.

The house, which was where Cline developed as a singer, is located at 608 S. Kent St. in Winchester.

For more info, visit http://tinyurl.com/m4wdtc6 or call 540-662-5555.

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rcornell@nvdaily.com