The Watermelon Idol talent contest was held Thursday August 11th at the Hope Watermelon Festival. The preliminary solo vocal winners included Autumn Knighton. Carl Jackson, and Shauna Chapman. The group finalists are Measure of Grace and Solid. The finalists performed and competed Saturday (8-13) at Hempstead Hall prior to the Oak Ridge Boys concert. The winner was "Measure of Grace" which consists of Misti and Randy Banks with Wendy Martin. Autumn Knighton came in 2nd with Carl Jackson (not pictured) coming in third.