Centralia Balloon Fest to Bring Back Impersonator Singing Contest

CENTRALIA — Balloon Fest is bringing back the popular Impersonator Singing Contest, with cash prizes for the best talent in multiple categories.

According to Marcus Holland, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, with the success of last year’s Elvis Impersonator Contest, the Balloon Fest is expanding the search to all artists.

Holland says he knows there will be Elvis and a Johnny Cash, performers. But he wonders if Cher, Michael Jackson, or Britney Spears will make appearances.

The contest will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 18. Contestants can provide music on CD or select from a list karaoke songs

Holland thanked the Jack Graham State Farm Agency for sponsoring the contest, which made possible the cash prizes for best vocal talent, best impersonator, and best overall performance.

There is no cost to enter the contest and space is limited. Applicants are being asked to contact the Greater Centralia Chamber of Commerce immediately with their stage name, real name, contact information, and artist they will impersonate.

Impersonator Singing Contest is just one of many activities and events at Balloon Fest, which runs from August 17 through August 19. More information about Balloon Fest can be found at balloon-fest.com.

Balloon Fest will have over 35 hot air balloons, two balloon glows, multiple balloon races, craft vendors, food vendors, entertainment at the family picnic tent, a free kids play area, and car shows.