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Local Country Showdown Winners Head to the State Finals!

Country Showdown Winners Haylie Richer and Briana Novak

The 33rd Annual Country Showdown local competition concluded on August 2, 2014. This ended our local round of competition and we wish the best of luck to our local winners as they start down the Country Showdown road to stardom.

  • Haylie Richer - WFXD Country Showdown Winner
  • Briana Novak - WKQS Country Showdown Winner
  • Kaitlyn Kachmarsky - WRUP Country Showdown Winner
  • Joey Enright - WRPP Country Showdown Winner

On Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Lac Vieux Desert Resort Casino in Watersmeet, Michigan, these four winners will advance to the U.P. Michigan State Final of the Country Showdown vying for $1,000 and the opportunity to perform at one of the five regional competitions in the fall.

The U.P. Michigan State Final excitement gets underway at 8pm EST (7pm CST) on the Thunderbird Sports Lounge Stage. For ticket information visit

Country Showdown Winners Kaitlyn Kachmarsky and Joey Enright

Regional winners receive an all-expense paid trip to the National Final, exuding talent and energy in their performance to compete for the $100,000 Grand Prize and the National Title.

Now in its 33rd year, the Country Showdown finds the most promising country music talent in America, giving these performers a chance to launch a professional career. We are proud to be a part of this tradition and wish the best of luck to all our Country Showdown winners. We'll be back next summer to host more local Country Showdowns!

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The Country Showdown Rocked at the Marquette Township Community Days

Whether a you were a fan or performer, the Country Showdown at the Marquette Township Community Days was a blast! Our panel of judges, featuring Miss Teen UP Brooke Brauer, witnessed some fantastic local talent! After tallying their scores, the judges announced that two contestants would be heading down to the state finals! Kaitlyn Kachmarsky […]

Have you ever been on stage? Two years ago, I competed in the Country Showdown with my sister at the Lower Harbor in Marquette. Now that’s pretty cool! Even better, we won and got to compete at the Island Resort and Casino! In front of an ecstatic crowd with spotlights and a professional back up […]

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Marquette, MI – July 11, 2014 – August 2nd is less than a month away so don’t let your next shot at fame and fortune pass by!  Register to play and sing in the August 2nd Country Showdown at Lion’s Field in Marquette, MI!  The winner will move on to the State Finals, either downstate […]

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Marquette, MI – July 5, 2014 – Not one, but two Country Showdown finalists will head down to the State Finals in Traverse City on August 9, 2014 for a chance to win $1,000.  If they win, they advance on the Road to Stardom to the Country Showdown Regional Finals.  From there, it’s onto the […]

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6/25/2014 Marquette, Michigan — Thinking about winning $1,000 in the 33rd Annual Country Showdown?? Your chance is coming up on Saturday, July 5th at noon at the Food Fest in Marquette! This is YOUR chance to strut your stuff and get your band together and sing to the Upper Peninsula. Make sure you get in […]

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5/22/2014 Marquette, Michigan — It’s time to put your vocal chords to the test with the 33rd Annual Country Showdown this Summer! Great Lakes Radio will have dates posted here on how and when you can participate in the 33rd Annual Country Showdown. There will be several shows coming up this Summer that you can […]

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The Exchange Club’s International Food Festival and The Texaco Country Showdown were a Hit in Marquette’s Lower Harbor Great Lakes Radio’s WFXD hosted the Texaco Country Showdown, which was sponsored by the John Deer Store in Marquette, last night in Marquette’s Lower Harbor. We had 8 great contestants who all performed very well and gave […]

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Marquette, Michigan – A warm, humid evening at Marquette’s Lower Harbor Park during the Exchange Club’s International Food Festival didn’t stop eight eager contestants from taking the stage to sing their hearts out for a chance to win $1000.00 locally and up to $100,000 if they moved on to the national competition.  Great Lakes Radio’s […]

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Great Lakes Radio’s Texaco Country Showdown was at the Ishpeming Festival of Treasures This Afternoon What a blast!! We had some very talented contestants at Great Lakes Radio’s Texaco Country Showdown today, July 2nd. From groups to female soloists to the winner, A.J. Stone, a male soloist there was a lot of variety and talent! […]

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  stival of Treasures.  5 performers participated in  today’s showdown.  Concord Through Keys a band from Negaunee kicked off the showdown and did a very nice job.  Four solo acts followed from Casey Beaudry, Hailey Richer, John Rowe, and A.J. Stone. The contestants were scored 1-10 under each of the following categories: marketability in Country […]

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