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Headed for the finale of Columbia Idol

Headed for the finale of Columbia Idol

On Oct. 15 at Lakfefront stage, 10 local youths will sing their hearts out with hopes of capturing the title “Columbia Teen Idol” and a cash prize of $300. Hosted by the Columbia Association, the competition has been spotlighting teens every fall for 15 years.

“I still can’t believe it is our 15th year,” said Rene Buckmon, manager of the youth and teen programs for the Columbia Association. “We definitely have made some significant changes since the first one.”

Based on the television show “American Idol,” Columbia Idol is a singing competition featuring solo artists in grades six through 12. In its early years, only residents of Columbia could...