By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item
SUNBURY — With less than a week to enter, the popular Sunbury River Festival’s “The Valley’s Got Talent” competition wants up-and-coming stars to register as soon as possible.
For the fourth consecutive year, the competition will kick off the annual river festival, and past performers have yet to disappoint.
At the inception of the show in 2010, the Morgan Family, of Sunbury, sang and danced with a packed crowd in the Elks ballroom, while such stars as Sunbury’s own Cassie Paul stunned the crowd by finishing her song a capella.
The Morgan Family went on to debut its first CD at a release party in Sunbury in 2012.
In 2011, the band Dawson, of Selinsgrove, amazed the crowd at the riverfront when it performed Lady Ga Ga’s “Pokerface.”
In 2012, Krissy Kline brought the crowd to its feet in the Shikellamy High School auditorium as well as at home on television, thanks to Service Electric Cablevision, during a performance of “How Great Thou Art” before taking the championship home to Muncy.
Participants are asked to register before or on July 19 with the preliminary rounds set for July 25-26 in the Sunbury Elks Club.
Anyone making it through the qualifying rounds will perform Aug. 15 in front of a panel of “celebrity” judges in the Shikellamy High School auditorium.
“We have over 30 participants right now,” Slade Shreck, tri-chairman of the Sunbury River Festival, said.
“We are hoping to get as many people involved as we can, and we are looking for anyone with talent. You don’t have to be a singer or a dancer to participate. If you swallow swords, we want you,” he said.
Prizes include $400 to the first-place winner, $200 for second place and $100 for third. For information, visit www.sunburyriverfestival.com.