The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce Seeks to Crown Best Shoe City Singer at KidsFEST

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The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce is hosting auditions to crown the next winner of Haverhill Idol at KidsFEST 2013. Auditions will be held Saturday, March 30th, Saturday, April 6th and Saturday, April 13th.

The annual auditions for Haverhill Idol attract hundreds of hopeful singers. Pictured above, Erin Archambault, age 13, performed a song titled “Ignorance” during last year's auditions.

They [2012 Haverhill Idol Winners] rocked the stage and blew our judges away!

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Merrimack Valley Hospital and Trinity E.M.S., will be hosting auditions for Haverhill Idol in the forthcoming weeks. Haverhill Idol is a showcased segment of KidsFEST and allows for children from the community to compete for the title of “Best Shoe City Singer”. KidsFEST is the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire’s leading family friendly event geared exclusively towards children.

Each year hundreds of local students audition for their chance to be recognized as a Haverhill Idol champion. The competition attracts many talented and gifted singers from the region. Last year’s winners, Megan Mooney (Senior Idol) and Melissa Cepeda (Junior Idol) were declared “show-stopping firecrackers”. “They rocked the stage and blew our judges away!” exclaimed Jennifer Connolly, Head of the KidsFEST Committee.

Youth seeking to participate in Haverhill Idol can audition Saturday, March 30th from 9am-2pm, Saturday, April 6th from 9am-2pm, or Saturday, April 13th from 12pm-5pm at the Haverhill Community Television Studio, located on 60 Elm Street. Contestants will be asked to perform one song, without music, in front of a panel of judges consisting of members from the business and music communities. The competition is divided by two age groups, Junior Idol (students grades 2-6) and Senior Idol (students grades 7-12). A total of 10 participants, 5 Junior Idol finalists, and 5 Senior Idol finalists, will pass through the audition phase and perform in front of a live audience of over 15,000 people.

The top three winners of the Haverhill Idol Junior and Senior divisions will win savings bonds, donated by Pentucket Bank. In addition to receiving a savings bond, Haverhill Idol first place winners will be offered the chance to perform at the Christmas Stroll in December and again at KidsFEST 2014.

Applicants seeking to participate in Haverhill Idol must obtain the audition application, available on the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce website. All applications must be submitted by March 29th and may be dropped off at the Haverhill Police Station. Alternatively, the audition application may be mailed to Paul Malone, Haverhill Police Station, 40 Bailey Boulevard, Haverhill, MA 01830 or emailed to cop72(at)aol(dot)com. A representative from the KidsFEST committee will contact all applicants with their audition date and time.

KidsFEST 2013 will be held on Sunday, May 5th (rain date of Sunday, May, 19th) on the upper level of the Merrimack Street parking deck from 11am-4pm. Admission is free. To learn more about KidsFEST 2013 visit

About the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce: Established in 1888, the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce focuses on supporting a winning local business climate. Serving over 14 communities across the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire, the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce works to promote a prosperous business environment while supporting the growth and profitability of its members. To learn more about the benefits of membership, visit

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