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Home-grown talent

The country music program features a fast pace, with 24 acts performing two songs each.


© St. Petersburg Times, published February 16, 2001

LECANTO -- A showcase of home-grown country music will take place at the 10th annual Grand Ole Opry Citrus County Style Saturday at Curtis Peterson Auditorium.

The Opry features 24 local acts, with each singing two songs. The fast-paced program allows many aspiring country musicians to get a taste of live performance.

Performers include Jesse Watson, who was recently honored by the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce. He earned the O.J. Humphries Award for his community service by entertaining at various events.

Other musicians include Brandy Lynn Halkett of Homosassa, last year's winner of the talent contest at the Crystal River Jam; Jim and Sheila Halprin; Jody Dotson; April Saxor; Rachel Huff and Freddy Lyles.

"We have a lot of entertainment," said Rebecca Young, president of the Homosassa Elementary Parent Teacher Organization. "But it's not just for anybody who wants to sing. You have to be invited."

The Homosassa Elementary PTO stages the annual country music concert as a school fundraiser. Last year, proceeds went to purchase a new banner for the school and other improvements over the years have included cooking equipment and computer software.

"After we see how much money we made, then the teachers tell us the best way to spend it," Young said. "We provide things for the school in areas where grants and other funds fall short."

Advance tickets for the Grand Ole Opry Citrus County Style are $7 and available at all three chambers of commerce, Act One Video in Homosassa Springs and Inverness and at the school. The tickets are $9 at the door. Children under six admitted free. The show starts at 7 p.m.

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