Arlington Variety House contestant wins Evergreen Country Idol contest
August 27, 2008 · Updated 4:09 PM
ARLINGTON Arlington Variety House contestant Kela Stelzig was the 2007 grand prize winner of the Evergreen County Idol at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe.
Stelzig not only got to perform the national anthem and two other songs Aug. 30, in front of more than 4,000 country music fans, but she was also reunited with her husband Jeff, who returned Aug. 27 from more than seven months on board a Naval aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf.
Stelzig entered the competition at the Variety House in Arlington, sang at its Aug. 2 semi-finals and Aug. 4 finals, and was one of approximately 135 singers, from Aberdeen to Wenatchee, to compete at the Evergreen State Fair. Of the singers who performed Aug. 28, she was one of only four chosen for the Aug. 29 finals, when the top 24 singers performed.
Of the top six winners, Stelzig won first place, which included $1,000, and opened for Josh Turner and Keith Anderson at the Evergreen State Fair Aug. 30.
Although Stelzig lives in Anacortes, she came to the Variety House to enter the contest because she wanted to bring her teenage daughters with her, and the Variety House was the only venue that had permission to enter contestants as young as 16, since they dont serve alcohol.