The Dogwood Jamboree will present “A Country Connection” on Saturday night March 23rd at 7 P.M. “The Dogwood Jamboree was first conceived some eight years ago and from that first performance back in 2005 each show has just gotten better,” stated Dan Manuel, producer of the show. The venue in March that takes place during the second weekend of the Annual Dogwood Trails, will feature Steve Carpenter, “The Bishop Sisters”, Mandy Seale, Taylor Heard and others who will be performing that night. Three young artists will compete for “Dogwood Jamboree Talent Search Artist of the Year.” “For a long time we have wanted to give the young people of the area an opportunity to perform and in some way help them to advance their music ambitions.” said Manuel. A number of young people auditioned for the show last year and the judges selected those with the highest score to perform on the 2012 venues. The winner on March 23rd will advance to the finals in December and compete for the title “Artist of the Year”. Others who have performed on the stage of the Jamboree advance to bigger venues. Auditions for the June show will be held in early June and auditions for the August Jamboree will be held in mid-July. Those wishing to audition can call 903-729-5611 or 903-729-7080. Those auditioning for the talent search contest must be eighteen years or younger. There is no entry fee for auditioning.
The show promises to be a memorable event and one that will attract a lot of folks. The theme for the show in June is “All American Country”. “It is amazing how many people come from the metroplex area , Houston and other parts of the state for the Jamboree. “Many people travel to Branson, Mo. or Nashville, Tennessee for similar productions, and from the reviews we have received in numerous country music publications, the quality of the Jamboree and the performers are equal in many respects,” according to Manuel. “We want to encourage those who have never attended one of the shows, to make a special effort to bring the family out and enjoy the music, artists and comedy that fills the civic center during the evening performance and vote for your favorite artist in the talent search contest.” Those competing on the show that night will be selected by a panel of judges and audience vote. Local artists will take the stage with those from other cities all over the state of Texas. The show is sponsored by local businesses and is designed as “family entertainment”. Children often appear on the show as well as adults of varying ages. “Many of the people who attend are previous attendees. They love the show and return and bring friends with them,” stated Manuel. Others performing on the show are, Kimmy Hendricks (Jamboree Artist Of the Year for 2011), W.J. Copeland, Mike Kellogg, Bobby Perry, Billy Lane, George Lester, Joe Hancock, Neal Hall, Shelia and Rick Wheat, Sandy Singleterry (Flo) the Dogwood Jamboree singers and Dan Manuel. “This is sure to be one of the best performances of the Jamboree and we encourage Palestine and the surrounding area to join us along with visitors for various cities and states as we begin our ninth year of production. “I’ve always said, if you ever attend one performance, you will want to come back as you listen to the songs that classic country music fans have listened to through the years,” Manuel said. The show starts at 7 P.M. and doors open at 6 P.M. At the intermission door prizes donated by local merchants and businesses will be given away.