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The Fourth Annual Patsy Cline “Sing-a-Song” Contest

April 13, 2015

The fourth annual Patsy Cline “Sing-a-Song” Contest will be held at 2 p.m. April 11 at Apple Blossom Mall in Winchester.

Sponsored by the Patsy Cline Historic House, 608 S. Kent St., and Celebrating Patsy Cline Inc., the contest will select one winner who will be featured at the annual Patsy Cline Music Festiva, scheduled over Labor Day weekend.

“This is our way of keeping the Patsy Cline singing tradition going,” said JudySue Huyett-Kempf, director of the house. “Patsy loved to sing and took part in many area contests. This contest will showcase new talent.”

The home was where Cline — born Virginia Patterson Hensley Sept. 8, 1932 — developed as a singer. Cline signed her first record contract while living there, and it was the location of her preparations for the Arthur Godfrey Show in 1957. She was voted the winner of the national talent show.

Contestants are to be prepared to sing three Patsy Cline songs, depending on the elminations. Music will be provided by Hampton Thomas, Special Occasions Entertainment, or contestants may bring their own music.

“This is not a look-alike or sing-alike contest,” Huyett-Kempf said. “It is to select the best singing of the songs Patsy made famous.”

Judges include Kevin Booth, Elvis impersonator; Eden E. Freeman, Winchester city manager, and Philip Miller, radio personality at WJEJ- AM. Hagerstown, Md.

Entry fee is $25 due with the application by April 3. Proceeds will benefit the historic house. Twenty-five contenders will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

The award-winning singer was born and raised in the Winchester area. Her career was cut short when she died at 30 in a plane crash in Tennessee in March 1963. Cline was the first solo female singer to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1960. She is buried in Shenandoah Memorial Park on U.S. 522, south of Winchester.
Applications are available at or by calling the house at 540-662-5555.

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