Innaugural Contest Winners
Woodyfest held (Sidenote: Part twenty-six of our ongoing coverage of Woodyfest 21 (2018) features the festival’s very first WoodyFest Youth Songwriting/Showcase Competition winners.) its innaugural Woodyfest Youth Songwriting/Showcase Competition in . The showcase featured performers age sixteen or younger. Master of Ceremonies and regular Woodyfest performer Lauren Lee announced the winners during an awards ceremony on from the Hen House stage.
Third prize went to Autie Rich for her cover of Woody Guthrie’s “Minor Key.” Kelby Vass took second prize for his cover of the James Taylor classic “Fire and Rain.” First place winner Riley Amanda played her original song “Rich and Poor.”
Each of the winners received cash and other prizes provided by local sponsors. Additionally the first place winner received a VIP pass to the Pastures of Plenty on , where Ms. Riley showcased her winning song. The other five contestants were Hannah Carriker, Amour Carriker, Lillian Hill, London Reilly, and Blakelee Pugh.
The showcase was originally conceived as a songwriting competition. Organizers decided to allow cover songs to give more kids an opportunity to play in front of an audience. The competition is part of “Woody’s Kids,” a youth-focused program entering its third year. The program also features songwriting workshops; the workshops will double from two to four.