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AVALON, Calif. – If you like music and love Catalina, no doubt you've been known to hum, sing or whistle "26 Miles (Santa Catalina)", the song written and recorded by The Four Preps in the 1950s that sailed its way to the top of the charts. In order to celebrate that classic song, the Catalina Island Museum is sponsoring its first ever singing contest!
It's simple to enter, just record a video of you and up to 3 friends performing "26 Miles." Then log on to YouTube and upload it to the Museum's singing contest. The first round of competition is from Tuesday, July 14 through September 14. A group of judges, including co-writer of "26 Miles," Bruce Belland, will then choose 10 semifinalists based on criteria like creativity, vocal performance and originality. Each semifinalist will win an autographed CD by The Four Preps. The Grand Prize Winner will be announced on October 4th and will win a three-day, two-night trip to Catalina with tours and the opportunity to perform "26 Miles" live at the annual Museum Telethon with Bruce Belland himself! The annual Telethon is broadcast live on Catalina Cable TV and simulcast online thanks to the folks at ecatalina.com so the whole world can enjoy and participate in Catalina's history.
"Bruce is very excited about this contest and so are we," enthused museum director Stacey Otte. "We feel it's a great way to celebrate a song so important to our history and remind the world how fun and unique Catalina's heritage is. We hope the contest really goes 'viral' and gets folks excited. We can't wait to see what people will come up with!"
For contest rules, song lyrics and details log on to our website. The museum is a private, nonprofit organization founded by community members in 1953. The museum is located on the ground floor of the historic Casino Building and is open to the public daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit the new Catalina Island Museum located at 217 Metropole Avenue. Explore the island’s rich cultural heritage in its galleries permanently dedicated to its history, including its connection to the Chicago Cubs, World War II, the Great White Steamships, Hollywood celebrities, Catalina Island Pottery and Tile and more. A special exhibitions gallery changes consistently with exhibitions traveling to the island from around the world. The museum is open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, seven days a week. (Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day) Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors (60+), $9 for military (active and veterans), $9 for students (must show valid student ID), and children (age 15 and under) are free.
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