Garrettsville Summerfest Announces Open Calls for Idol

Have you ever dreamed of being on The Voice or American Idol, thinking, I can do that!” Well, I can’t guarantee you’ll be on either show, but I can offer you a chance to use your singing talent to earn some cash. Are you available April 22nd, May 20th and June 24th, 2018? If your answer is yes to all of the above, you need to consider auditioning for this year’s Garrettsville Idol. Garrettsville Summerfest announces the audition dates for this year’s Garrettsville Idol, the grand finale event that closes out the Summerfest Festival every year on the fourth weekend in June. Adults will compete for a $1000 cash prize awarded to the winner at the finals held during Summerfest, while the youth and teens will each compete for $500.

The open-call auditions are scheduled for Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Iva Walker Auditorium in James A. Garfield High School at 1p.m. (Use event entrance) Contestants are asked to come prepared to sing an entire song without musical accompaniment. The closed audition, with no audience, has been broken down into the following three age brackets: youth, 8– 12 years, teen, 13-17 years and adults, 18 years and up. The youth and teen auditions will start at 1pm, and the adults will start at 2pm. (Note if your birthday falls after the 1st audition date, but before Summerfest use the age you are on April 22, 2018) Please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out a biography sheet for our program.

Registration can be done online at click on Garrettsville Idol and fill out the registration form. One may also register by mail; label the top of paper with Garrettsville Idol include name, address, email address, phone number, and date of birth and send it to Garrettsville Summerfest at 8311 Windham Street Garrettsville, Oh 44231. Idol registration can also be dropped of at Skylanes Bowling Alley (8311 Windham Street Garrettsville, OH) as well. Registration can be done at the door but they prefer folks to register prior to the event. More information, including the rules, can be found at or by calling Aaron King (330) 524-2646. There have been some rule modifications this year; please check the website for the changes.

Please note: You must be available all three dates to be eligible to audition.

Finalist Exemption Rule returns and is as follows: Any previous year finalists ( finalists are anyone who performed on the Summerfest stage in 2017) are exempt from competing in the open-call auditions if they choose and will advance to the semi-finals, providing they have turned in their paperwork prior to April 22, 2018.