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Chase City 11-year-old wins Lakefest Idol competition

SoVaNow.com / July 03, 2013
The winner of the 2013 Lakefest Idol competition is 11-year-old Destiny Townes of Chase City. She was selected from among 12 local finalists, plus one performer from Midlothian, in the competition’s championship round Saturday night at the Clarksville Fine Arts Center.

As the first notes of Adele’s “Someone Like You” floated from Townes’ mouth, it was obvious to those who packed the Fine Arts Center that this young lady’s voice was a special gift.

Townes came off more like a seasoned performer than the novice that she is. The Lakefest Idol competition marked her first experience singing in public. She appeared genuinely surprised and humbled when her name was called out as the winner — she looked around at her fellow performers before allowing an infectious dimpled smile to spread across her face.

As the winner of Lakefest Idol, Townes received $250, a trophy and certificate. She will also perform live, on stage, at opening ceremonies for the 36th annual Lakefest celebration in Clarksville on Friday, July 19.

This is the second year the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce and Clarksville Community Players have held the competition for area singers. Last year’s winner, Jessica Lawson, despite suffering from a flu-like illness performed five songs as judges counted the votes.

The runner-up for the second year in a row was Heather Wilson of Chase City. Third place went to Zachary Glasscock of Clarksville.

Lakefest Idol is a singing contest held annually as a fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce and the Fine Arts Center. The contest consists of a series of auditions held in June with the finalists competing for public and judges’ votes. In addition to gaining valuable experience, performers compete for a top prize of $250 cash and the opportunity to perform in front of thousands of people at Lakefest opening ceremonies.

Sheila Cuykendall, director of the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce, said Lakefest Idol would not have been possible without the sponsorship of Benchmark Community Bank, and the hard work of judges Georgene Glasscock, Zorona Maples, and Mike Rowe, as well as work by the program’s director Josh Glasscock and emcee Lucas Glasscock.

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