The contest is open to all singers or vocal groups regardless of age or residency. Previous Watermelon Idol winners are not eligible. There are two divisions, single vocal or vocal group. Individuals can only enter in one category. Acts are limited to five minutes each and entrants may perform with a pre-recorded instrumental track, acapella, or with live instrumental backing. The preliminaries are open to thirty applicants.
The top five in each division will be selected for the finals. A cash prixe of $300 will be awarded to the overall winner of the finals with $150 awarded to the runner-up and $50 to the third-place finisher.
Entries will be accepted through Thursday August 11th at 5:30pm. Registration forms are available at hopemelonfest.com or at the Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce office at 202 South Main in downtown Hope. For information call the Chamber at 870-777-3640.