As we know, Bloom Nation, the New Year is upon us; and, for the 90th time, Festival Organizers are prepping for the party! Back in mid-November, Festival President, Mike Stanfield, laid the groundwork by announcing the 2017 theme: “Bloomtown: Bringing the WOW for 90 Years!” Then, in a burst of pre-Thanksgiving activity, the Festival also held its Annual Fall Volunteer Fair; crowned its 2017 Miss Apple Blossom Festival, Casey Shepard of Chesapeake, Virginia; and, its 2017 Outstanding Teen, Remi FiGart of Roanoke, Virginia. Everyone at the Bloom, of course, surrounded themselves with the wonders of the Christmas Season; but, now, the “red and green” have been put away; the calendar has turned to 2017; the winter wind is blowing; and, with thoughts of a warm spring and the coming of the “pink and green,” the party starts once more!
The reference to a first-of-the-new-year, January start is no exaggeration. Here is the official schedule for the 2017 Car Credit Nation “Apple Blossom’s Got Talent!” contest:
- First Audition – Wednesday, January 25th, 2017, 7:00pm, Bright Box Theater
- Second Audition – Wednesday, February 15th, 2017, 7:00pm, Bright Box Theater
- Third Audition – Wednesday, March 15th, 2017, 7:00pm, Bright Box Theater
- Semi-Finals – Wednesday, April 12th, 2017, 7:00pm, Bright Box Theater
- Finals – Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017, 7:00pm, Bright Box Theater
To repeat ourselves for emphasis, that First Audition is Wednesday, January 25th, at 7:00pm, at the Bright Box Theater, on the Loudoun Street Walking Mall, in Old Town Winchester…less than three weeks from now.
This year, Event Chair, Theresa Gaines, is searching for an array of unique talents. While it is simply a fact that vocal acts tend to be in the majority at nearly all talent contests, Theresa is searching for a wide variety of participants from throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region: dancers, acrobats, hula-hoopers, jugglers, animal acts, ventriloquists, comedians, strongmen, instrumentalists, mimes, impressionists, et cetera; basically, any act that can be performed on the stage at the Bright Box Theater. Talent Applications are available now online; and, the Application Fee is $15.00. There are thirty juried performance slots per Audition. Ten winners from each Audition move on to the Semi-Finals. Twelve winning contestants from the Semi-Finals will join the winner of this past September’s “Best Voice in the Valley Contest” at the May 3rd Finals of the ABGT event. As stated, 1st Prize is $5,000. In addition, 2nd Prize is $1,500, and 3rd Prize is $500.
The Bright Box Theater has made some recent changes to its layout to accommodate more seating; but, with the growing popularity of the Car Credit Nation “Apple Blossom’s Got Talent!” event, seating will be at a premium. Paper ticket orders can be filled out in person at Apple Blossom Headquarters; can be downloaded here and mailed, or faxed, or scanned and emailed. Recently activated, purchasers can now order tickets online. Tickets for orders already placed will be mailed soon. Late ticket orders will be available at “Will Call” at the event. Any unsold tickets will also be available at the door.
In addition to thanking Car Credit Nation for their long-standing Title Sponsorship of this exciting event, the Festival also thanks Green Bay Packaging and Q102 Radio for their sponsorship and support!