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Bandera Idol - a 'sing-sational' competition


The Texas Hill Country is steeped in history and tradition. One of the area's tap roots goes right through the heart of country music with the likes of Willie Nelson, Charlie Robison, George Strait and many others who found their musical inspiration in the Hill Country
Bandera's claim to fame is not just as the Cowboy Capital of the World; its secret identity is the local great music scene. Bandera is home to many talented residents, and no other venue showcases that true talent of this community like the Bandera Idol competition.

Bandera Idol started in 2007 as part of Bandera RiverFest. It's a competition for youth and adults who have the gift, knack or just plain hankerin' to sing! And, it's not too late to enter this exciting competition.

Preliminaries will be held on the Bandera County Courthouse lawn at 2 pm, Saturday, June 1, during Market Days, and at the Silver Sage Senior Center, also at 2 pm, Sunday, June 2.

The final preliminary competition will be held Sunday, June 23, at the Silver Sage, 803 Buck Creek Boulevard.

Bandera Idol applications can be found online at

or hopefuls can show up on the days of the contest. Participants can bring their own music on CD, provide a guitar or keyboard accompanist or select from one of the many karaoke tracks provided.

The semifinals are staged at 10 am, Saturday, June 29, on the RiverFest music stage at Bandera City Park.

At 5 pm that same day, entertainers who advanced in the semifinals will have an opportunity to perform in the final Bandera Idol competition.

"There truly is nothing better than a summer day on the river to the soundtrack of great music," said a spokesman for Bandera Idol. "We sure hope you'll join us. It's going to be a 'sing-sational' time!"

For more information about Bandera Idol, visit

Gates open from 10 am to 6 pm for the 16th annual Bandera RiverFest, Saturday, June 29.

Admission is $10 and $5 for seniors; admission is free for kids ages 12 years and under and active military with proper identification.

See you on the river!