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Organisers of the Mataura Has Talent event are urging people to start warming their vocal chords and tuning their guitars in readiness for this Saturday's competition.
Last week, the competition had attracted about 17 entries but organisers were expecting a flood by the end of the week, co-organiser Nathan Dickson (17) said.
A lot of entry forms had been distributed but they were slow to come back in, he said.
Entries would be taken at the door on the night from 6.30pm, he said.
Two trophies have been donated for the inaugural competition.
Nathan has donated one and the Kahuroa family has donated another trophy in honour of the late Kerry Kahuroa. The youth council has donated a prize of $100.
Organisers would like 25 entries for the event. There was no age restriction or style of entertainment restrictions, he said.
Judges for the night will be Gore entertainer and teacher Trudy-Ann Rowe, Nathan and a yet-to-be confirmed third judge.
Ms Rowe will also perform on the night.
-- By Margaret Phillips