Bindeman named Country Showdown winner

Babbs Bindeman hugs Marcie Wade after taking the victory in this year’s KORV Country Showdown. 

Talent from near and far came out for the annual KORV Country Showdown on Wednesday, July 4. 

Five singers, including one from Alturas and KORV’s own voice of Honker Sports Roger Singleton, used the opportunity to move on to the regional round of the competition. Contestants were judged based on originality, stage presence, talent and vocal and instrument ability. 

The competition portion of the evening, didn’t disappoint with each of the five singers singing two songs and could either sing songs that they wrote themselves, or covers of songs. 

Bindeman, who placed second in last year’s competition sang two covers, including Shania Twain’s hit song “Don’t Impress Me Much.”

Before announcing the winners, KORV’s Marcie Wade thanked the community and each of the singers for coming out and supporting her year in and year out. She also thanked her staff, for always doing a good job and helping make the radio station a success day in and day out. 

For the first time in KORV Country Showdown History, there was a tie for first place between local artist Babbs Bindeman and Butch Berrill of Alturas. Berill graciously took second place, since he has a full time job out on his ranch, sending Bindeman to the regional round for the second time in three years. Singleton took third place, after singing one of the Eagle’s hit songs, “Take It Easy.”

All three winners received trophies donated by Bender’s Promotional Products, as well as a cash prize. 

The regional round of the competition will take place at a time and date to be announced. 

For more information contact Wade at 541-417-0149.

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