Press release from Black Mountain Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce:
The Black Mountain Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the following winners of the Sourwood Festival Idol Contest, held on August 9, 2019. Twelve amazing participants included several contestants outside North Carolina. Judges Robert Boer, JoAnn Smith McCollum, and Rusty Owen had a difficult time choosing the winners in the Adult Category.
First Place, sponsored by Black Mountain Saving Bank, was awarded to Nicholas Batman, aged twenty, from Chapel Hill. Second place, sponsored by Alderman Larry B. Harris, was award to Darby Lambert, a fifteen-year-old resident of Union Mills. Third place, sponsored by Arbor House of Black Mountain was awarded to Payton Adkins, age fourteen, of Swannanoa. Entertainment during the judge’s consultations was provided by Sandi Spivey performing her version of a movie scene featuring Miss Piggy.
“We would like to thank our volunteers, sponsors, musicians, Town of Black Mountain, Norfolk-Southern Railroad, Ingles, SunTrust Bank, and 10-Minute Oil Change for their support and use of property during the Sourwood Festival. The event would not be possible without the partnership and cooperation of our businesses and community,” states Sharon Tabor, Executive Director, Black Mountain Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce. “The festival has a huge economic impact on area merchants and restaurants”, she says. “Despite the pop-up shower, everyone had a great time during the two-day event.”