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Barbershop contest is alive and singing

The nationally acclaimed Gay 90's Festival disappeared from Ballad Town U.S.A. and this year , after 65 years, The Original All Northwest Barbershop Quartet Contest was about to follow into extinction.

'The Original All Northwest Barbershop Quartet Contest and Gay 90's Festival in Ballad Town U.S.A. , Forest Grove, Oregon.'

It's been a long time since we have heard that phrase around here.

The Gay 90's Festival died about 15 years ago and many of us miss the parade, carnival, beard contest, window displays, plywood signs, old time dress contest and quartets singing on the street corners. The community came together on this weekend and fond memories were kept alive.

The nationally acclaimed Gay 90's Festival disappeared from Ballad Town U.S.A. and this year , after 65 years, The Original All Northwest Barbershop Quartet Contest was about to follow into extinction. Many Northwest Barbershop singers were heartbroken and many calls were made to keep the contest alive.

After much deliberation and commitment, the Tualatin Valley Harmony Masters, Washington County's only barbershop chorus, decided to lead the charge with the help of some Westside Singers and other barber shop singers in the area.

So, we're please to announce that The Barbershop Quartet Contest will continue for the 66th year in a row this March 30-31 at the Forest Grove High School Auditorium in 'Ballad Town U.S.A.'

In an effort to bring back some of the community spirit, the Tualatin Valley Harmony Masters Chorus is sponsoring a Forest Grove School District poster-coloring contest for each of the fourth-grade classes. Each fourth-grade student will be furnished a picture poster 'with a barbershop quartet' to color. The winner from each school will receive an award and their class will also receive an award. The colored posters will be displayed at Forest Grove businesses for public viewing.

It is our hope that we can bring back those old memories and present barbershop harmony to all who witness the original American musical form with ringing chords and four part harmony and lyrics that take you back to earlier times.

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What: The 66th Annual All Northwest Barbershop Quartet Contest

When: March 30 (7 p.m.) and March 31 (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.)

Where: Forest Grove High School

Tickets: $16-22 from the Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce: 503-357-3006 or visitforestgrove.com

Details: www.balladtownusa.com

For more information: Contact Chuck Olson at 503-357-3046 or Dave Rohrer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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