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Statesboros Claim to Fame grand finale show
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Statesboro — Are you ready to Claim your Fame Statesboro? The finale to the six-week long competition to discover Statesboro’s hidden talent is approaching fast.

The winner will be revealed during the live grand finale on  July 12 at 7 p.m. in the Emma Kelly Theater.

Director, producer and host for the show, Jenni Eastridge, freelance producer for Magnify Media, said her inspiration for creating Statesboro’s Claim to Fame  was to do something that would encourage people to become more involved with the community.

“I wanted to attract more attention to Channel 96 TV in the Boro, so I suggested we do something Statesboro style,” she said.

Channel 96 is the local Northland Cable station featuring a variety of community-related programming.

The show did more than attract attention. Patrons had to be turned away several nights as the viewing crowd exceeded the allotted 50 seats.

“The response has been really great,” Eastridge added.

Nevertheless, television sets were tuned in every Thursday evening to Channel 96 to see who would be eliminated each week.

Guest performances for the grand finale will feature the talented Jena Harris, recording artist for 7 Crown Record Label, and Jotoco, a unique mainstream rock band.

Finalists will be critiqued by three judges: Kim Burden, producer for Northland Cable Ad Concepts; Rori Redding, owner of the Sugar Plum Fairy dance studio in Statesboro; and Toby Harris, local owner of 7 Crown Record Label.

The winner will receive a grand prize $500 gift certificate to R.J. Pope & Ladies Apparel and the Cobbler’s Bench. The biggest reward, however, will be the opportunity to record a professional, high-quality recording of their winning performance and have it produced as a demo DVD or CD.

Don’t miss your chance to witness history in the making! Tickets are on sale now for $5 at the Emma Kelly box office, open Tuesdays through Fridays from 1-5:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Averitt Center for the Arts. Come see who will Claim their Fame.

For more information on these and other events at the Averitt Center, call (912) 212-2787 or visit

The Averitt Center for the Arts is not a government agency and does not receive unrestricted funds from grants or local, state or federal funds. A large part of the Averitt Center’s funding is from individual supporters. The Averitt Center for the Arts is a 501 (c) 3 organization.