Thursday, 14 April 2011
For 2011, youth who enter any of the “Heritage Alive Mountain Youth Talent Contests” in Jackson, Swain, and Macon counties will now be eligible to go even further. Jackson County 4-H Youth Development will be assuming the production of all three contests, thereby giving the youth the opportunity to participate in “4-H Entertains” at the district level and state level in Raleigh.
Youth talent contest beginnings
Since 1997, beginning with the first “Greening Up the Mountains” spring festival in downtown Sylva, Catch the Spirit of Appalachia (CSA) has produced a talent show for children called “Heritage Alive Mountain Youth Talent Contest.” Funded by local businesses, individuals, county agencies, CSA board members, and others, every child who ever entered the contests has walked away with a monetary prize or trophy, amid many accolades and loud applause.