Victoria Carriger

Victoria Carriger

Surpassing the competition at the 30th Annual Texaco Country Showdown South Missouri State Final, Victoria Carriger proved worthy of the state title and $1,000.

The Washington Town and Country Fair showcased acts which had won a local contest sponsored by radio stations throughout the state enabling each to perform at the state level competition of America's largest country music talent search.

Carriger, representing radio station KCLQ of Fort Leonard Wood, triumphed at the state level event. At the Washington Town and Country Fair, Carriger performed the songs "In My Pocket" and "I Need a Man."

Other sponsoring radio stations were: KWKZ Cape Girardeau, KFAL/KATI Columbia, KLWT Lebanon, KELE Mountain Grove, KNMO/KNEM Nevada, KTUI Sullivan, and KFAV Warrenton.

On Nov. 5, Carriger will compete in the Midwest Regional Final at the Menominee Casino in Keshena, Wis., to determine if she will advance to the National Final. Regional winners will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Nashville to compete for $100,000 and the coveted title "Best New Act in Country Music."

Annually, over 450 radio stations across the country sponsor local contests. Winners advance to their state events where prizes include $1,000 and the opportunity to compete in one of five regional events.

Each year, more than 50,000 artists compete throughout the United States. Past local, state, and regional winners include: Martina McBride, Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Neal McCoy, Sara Evans, Brad Paisley and Billy Ray Cyrus. Visit for more information.