Vandalia Idol finale is Saturday

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By The Staff

With both nights of preliminary competition complete, eight finalists prepare to compete this Saturday for a $250 cash award and the honor of being the Vandalia Idol for the third season.
The second-place winner in each division of the Idol competition, sponsored by Soroptimist International of Vandalia, will receive $100.
The competition, held at First Baptist Church in Vandalia, begins at 6 p.m.
The public is invited to attend, and admission is $3 per person.
In the Youth Division, Ravyn Gauch, Parker Karrick, Olivia Marquardt and Taylen Wesselman will compete for the top prize.
Gauch is the youngest of the group, but was the runner-up in the first Vandalia Idol competition held two years ago. Marquardt and Wesselman have both competed in the past, and Parker is a first-time contestant.  
In the Adult Division, Olivia Bowen, Jake Hathaway, Chelsea Jenkins and Marc Patterson will compete for the title of Vandalia Idol.  
The final eight will also be competing for the People’s Choice Award.
This award goes to the contestant who receives the most votes from the audience. Votes are $1 each, with the People’s Choice winner receiving half of the vote money cast in their favor.
Judges for the third season of Vandalia Idol are Connie Bolyard, DeWayne Brown and Michelle Weaver.   
Erica Foltz of WPMB/WKRV will be the mistress of ceremonies for the final night of competition.