Slug Voice, the revamped local singing competition, will open the three-day Corinth Main Street festival on the grounds of the Corinth Depot at 6 p.m. Admission is $5.
“Slug Voice is replacing Slug Idol this year, but our goal is the same ... to provide one night of entertainment focused on the family and the community,” said organizer Brett Garrett, whose Garrett Eye Clinic will sponsor the competition. “I think it is important to encourage young people to sing and learn to play music and Slug Voice does exactly that. If we can provide an opportunity to inspire and encourage someone to let out their inner voice, then it might open other doors for them.”
Garrett has been a part of the event since it began five years.
“Anyone who knows me, will know I have a great passion for music of all genres,” said Garrett. “With the competition’s name change and format change this year, I particularly like the fact the judges will now be turned to face the crowd instead of the stage.”
According to Garrett, the contest will be similar to The Voice and will be primarily judged on ability and performance with a lower focus on appearance.
Although the competition lineup is still unknown, Garrett said former Slug Idol winner Addie Paige Pratt will return as co-host and provide entertainment throughout the night.
“Addie used to compete every year, but she was unable to last year due to her illness. I’m happy she’ll be back this year. She’ll even sing and introduce the crowd to some of her new material she has recently recorded,” said Garrett.
Judges will include former Main Street Corinth Director and Corinth School District Marketing and Public Relations Director Taylor Coombs, singer/songwriter Jeremy Park and vocalist Miranda McCormick Owens. Owens and her band will also provide the evening’s final entertainment.
This year’s event will be dedicated to Kay Hussey, the mother of Dr. Jennifer Hussey Garrett, who passed away earlier this week.
“Kay taught kindergarten and shared her love of music with many throughout her life,” said the organizer. “She brought delight to so many elderly people every Sunday morning at various retirement homes and churches with her ability to play the piano and sing.”
Other festival entertainment includes Cary Hudson and George McConnell Duo and Mustache Band on Friday night and Tate Moore of Kudzu Kings and the 1-900 Band on Saturday night.
The Miss Slugburger Festival Pageant will return Saturday morning and the World Slugburger Eating Championship is set for 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
The festival’s carnival Midway will also open Thursday-Saturday.
Fresh slugburgers and other concession food will be available, along with festival t-shirts.
(For more information, search Slugburger Festival on Facebook, visit slugburgerfestival.com or contact Angela Avent at 662-665-1600.)