Officials at the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope are pleased to announce the College will sponsor and conduct the Fourth Annual “Watermelon Idol” talent competition during the upcoming 36th Annual Hope Watermelon Festival.

The Festival is scheduled from August 9-11 in the Hope Fair Park. The preliminary competition will take place on the McDonald’s stage in the Fair Park Coliseum Thursday, August 9 at 6:00pm with the finals scheduled for Saturday, August 11th at 10:30am on the BancorpSouth stage. 

Talent from the surrounding area is invited to register for the competition, which features cash prizes for the winners as well as the opportunity for the overall winner to open for Easton Corbin Saturday evening.

The contest is open to all singers or vocal groups regardless of ages or residency. The two divisions are: single vocal or vocal group. Each act will be limited to five minutes and entrants may perform with a pre-recorded instrumental track, perform acappella or with live instrumental backing only.  Thirty applicants will be accepted.   

The top five in each division will be selected for the finals with cash prizes awarded to the winners of each preliminary. A cash prize of $300 will be awarded to the overall winner of the finals with $150 awarded to the runner-up and $50 to the third-place finisher.

For more information or for complete rules, please contact Brent Talley at or 870-777-5722. Entries will be accepted through Thursday, August 11th at 5:30 p.m. To register for the competition complete an application online at  There is no fee to enter.

Click here for a printable entry form.