Talented Southeast Arkansas residents will have an opportunity to win a $500 cash prize and have a video of their performance submitted to American Idol and America’s Got Talent at the Hometown Idol competition in Pine Bluff on June 2 from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m., according to a news release from event planners.

The event will be held at Pine Bluff Regional Park and will also include a “Donkey Drop” with cash prizes, concessions, bounce houses, games, door prizes and activities for children.

The Hometown Idol singing competition is open to all ages and there is no charge to enter. Soloists or groups are welcome. Contestants must be residents of Arkansas.

Auditions will be held on May 19 at 10 a.m. at 25th and Blake streets in the old Wal Mart parking lot. Contestants are encouraged to bring their fans to the auditions for support. There will be a $5 admission fee at the auditions. Concessions will be available.

The “Donkey Drop” event has a $5,000 cash prize, a $1,000 cash prize, and a $500 cash prize. These prizes are awarded to selected ticket holders to show appreciation for their support. Admission tickets are available for purchase in varying amounts of $10, $20, and $50. There will only be 500 tickets sold in each category. Those who purchase the $50 tickets will be eligible for the $5,000 prize, $20 tickets for the $1,000 prize, and $10 tickets for the $500 prize. However, the numbers will not be drawn. A donkey will be placed in a fence with a grid on the ground. Each square of the grid corresponds to one of the 500 ticket numbers. Whichever square the “droppings” fall in, is who wins the prize.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Pine Bluff Police Department Explorer Post #249. The Police Explorers are a group of young people aged 14-20 who are interested in a career in law enforcement. They help with police department activities and attend regular training. They will use the funds for training activities, uniforms, and supplies.

This event is funded by private individuals, businesses, and organizations, not by the Pine Bluff Police Department.

For more information visit the Hometown Happening web site.