Calling all young singers. For the third consecutive year, the Foster Farms Bowl is hosting the "Oh Say, Can You Sing?" contest to find talented local youth to perform the national anthem at the Foster Farms Bowl on December 27 at Levi's Stadium in front of thousands of college football fans. The contest is open to soloists and groups aged 18 and under, residing in the San Francisco Bay Area or the Central Valley. The contest draws entries from singers as young as six years old. Previous contest winners were the Maria Carillo High School Jazz Choir from Santa Rosa and Felisha Dias from Turlock.
This year, Foster Farms continues the bowl's long tradition of working to fight hunger. To kick off the contest, Foster Farms will donate 4,000 servings of holiday turkey to the United Samaritans Foundation in Turlock, in the name of last year's contest winner, Felisha Dias. For each contest entry received, Foster Farms will donate 100 meals to a local food bank and the winner of this year's contest will also get to choose a local food bank to receive a donation of 1,000 meals in their name. Additionally, Foster Farms will continue its annual tradition of donating one meal to local hunger relief organizations for every Foster Farms Bowl ticket purchased.
Singers are invited to enter by posting a 30- to 45-second video singing the national anthem on YouTube. Videos must be titled "I Want to Sing at the Foster Farms Bowl." Contestants must also complete the entry form on www.SingatFosterFarmsBowl.com by November 30 at midnight PT. Ten finalists will be invited to a live audition where a panel of judges will select the winner.
"We look forward to entries in the 'Oh Say, Can You Sing?' contest every year, and we've been honored to have 49ers greats, Ronnie Lott and Dwight Clark, as judges," said Ira Brill, director of communications at Foster Farms. "The contest is a fantastic opportunity to showcase local talent and get youth involved in lending a hand to those in need during the holiday season."
The 2017 Foster Farms Bowl will feature a showdown between the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences. The game will be televised live on Fox with a 5:30 p.m. PT kickoff. For more information about the game and tickets, visit www.FosterFarmsBowl.com.