Jasper High School is set to host a show choir competition that will bring over an estimated 1,500 people to the city.
The Jasper Foothills Show Choir Classic will be held Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16, at the high school and feature 26 show choir groups from across Alabama and surrounding states.
Jasper High Choral Director Garrett Lindsey said 15 or 16 schools will compete at the event in one middle school division and five high school divisions. Some groups will feature only males or females, while other groups will be mixed.
Encore, Jasper High's male and female choir, is scheduled to compete at 5:45 p.m. Saturday, while the high school's female-only show choir group, Diamonds, will perform at the end of Friday night's competition.
A $15 ticket will allow competition-goers to attend the event both days at the high school auditorium. Friday's competition will be from approximately 5 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday's competition will begin bright and early at 8 a.m. and last until at least 10:45 p.m., with groups competing throughout the day.
Lindsey said planning for the show choir classic began one year ago and has been a large feat to organize.
"We have created this as a fundraiser for us, as a service to the show choir community and to also bring awareness to our community of what show choir can be," Lindsey said, adding that the formal name for the competition was a play off the Foothills Festival, which brings thousands to Jasper each fall.
He said both Foothills and the show choir event have an artistic connection as well.
In order to make the Jasper High show choir competition a reality, Lindsey had to first send out a survey to gather interest and then register confirmed groups. Judges have also been recruited from Wisconsin, Maine, Indiana, Mississippi and Tuscaloosa, and are all highly accomplished in the show choir world.
Albertville High School will be serving as the backstage crew to help the competition run smoothly, and food vendors have been secured to accommodate the thousands of guests.
Jasper Police Department and others will provide security.
Lindsey said he has had a lot of help along the way from committees and parents to map out the event.
In addition to show choir groups from Alabama, students will also be coming to Jasper from Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia.
The event will give locals a chance to see Jasper High's Encore and Diamonds show choir groups perform. Lindsey said they are often traveling to other competitions and do not get to perform often for their community.
"I want the community to come and see it, because Encore and Diamonds have both been growing so much in the past few years, and I know the community would be proud," Lindsey said, adding that Jasper High has the only show choir group of students in Walker County. "I'm hoping people will see how far show choir can go when all the pieces are in place. ... There will be some really enjoyable performances."