The Great SEARK Talent Hunt Showcase featuring the finalists from seven counties in Southeast Arkansas will be held Saturday, April 24, at 2 p.m. at Cotton Boll Stadium on the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus where they will compete for the grand prize.

The finalists (winners from each county talent hunt) competing for the grand prize are Chester Huntsman – Ashley County; Gwendolyn White – Bradley County; Rev. R.C. Barnes – Chicot County; Wayne Gross – Cleveland County; Desha Three featuring Kaniyah Davis, Azaria Campbell and Houston Holley – Desha County; Mark Kelly – Drew County; and Braden Hunter – Lincoln County.

The judges are Christian singer/songwriter David Leonard, Fox 16 newscaster Donna Terrell, and American Idol contestant Ryan Harmon.

The event is sponsored by Commercial Bank and Union Bank.

Bonus Concerts

In conjunction with the event, there will be two bonus concerts the weekend of April 23-24.

Monticello native David Leonard (formerly of All Sons & Daughters) will perform Friday at 7 p.m. by Weevil Pond. The Rodney Block Collective (professional jazz musician and UAM alumni) will perform on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on the UAM Football Field.

Both of these shows tee up the Talent Showcase which begins at 2 p.m. on the football field.

Ticket Information

For tickets, visit and search: The Great Talent Hunt Showcase

David Leonard of All Sons & Daughters $15 April 23 at 7 p.m. by Weevil Pond
Rodney Block Collective $15 April 24th @12:30 p.m. at Cotton Boll Stadium
or $25 for the entire weekend.

Masks are required on campus and the Clear Bag Policy will be enforced.

In the case of rain, event will be held at the Earl Willis Auditorium on the Drew Central School campus.