There’s still time for local youth to enter Our Kids Have Talent

Our Kids Have Talent is returning for a fourth year and welcomes musical Okanagan youth, ages eight to 18, to enter.

The countdown is on for the Okanagan’s own musical talent contest.

Our Kids Have Talent is returning for a fourth year and those wanting to get their name in the spotlight should start polishing up their songs.

Deadline for applications is fast approaching with auditions taking place Feb. 18 and 19 in Vernon, said contest founder Kath Raeber, who is also artistic director/founder of the Rarearth Music Festival.

“To date, over 250 children, ages eight to 18, with a vast range of talent, including those children with challenges, have been welcomed and given the opportunity to compete,” said Raeber. “As well, this competition has been a stepping stone to a number of youngsters who have since pursued their careers in music.”

At the auditions, four respected judges will find their top-10 performances, with the finals award ceremony taking place on March 10.

“Young musicians will vie for thousands of dollars, amazing prizes, including the best of, plus opportunity for performances throughout the year,” said Raeber.

Supported by the North Okanagan Music Festival Society, the contest has also been sponsored by Vernon radio station Kiss FM for the past four years.

“We thank them for their support for this self-esteem building, creative and fun community event for our young musical stars,” said Raeber.

Applications, information, guidelines and rules are all available at rarearthmusic.com.