Last year, Turlock teen Felisha Dias won the Foster Farms Bowl "Oh Say, Can You Sing?" contest and sung the national anthem in front of thousands of football fans, while also helping to deliver thousands of pounds of food for those in need. Foster Farms is once again looking for a local singing sensation to perform in front of 70,000 football fans before the Bowl game at Levi's Stadium on Dec. 27.
The contest is open to soloists and groups aged 18 and under, residing in the San Francisco Bay Area or the Central Valley. The contest draws entries from singers as young as six years old.
Singers are invited to enter by posting a 30- to 45-second video singing the national anthem on YouTube. Videos must be titled "I Want to Sing at the Foster Farms Bowl." Contestants must also complete the entry form on www.SingatFosterFarmsBowl.com by midnight Nov. 30. Ten finalists will be invited to a live audition where a panel of judges will select the winner.
"We look forward to entries in the ‘Oh Say, Can You Sing?' contest every year, and we've been honored to have 49ers greats, Ronnie Lott and Dwight Clark, as judges," said Ira Brill, director of communications at Foster Farms. "The contest is a fantastic opportunity to showcase local talent and get youth involved in lending a hand to those in need during the holiday season."
To kick off this year's contest, Foster Farms will donate 4,000 servings of holiday turkey to the United Samaritans Foundation in Turlock, in Dias' name. This year's winner will also be able to choose a food bank to receive a donation of 1,000 meals, to be donated in their name. Additionally, Foster Farms has pledged to donate 100 meals to a local food bank for each contest entry received.
The 2017 Foster Farms Bowl will feature a showdown between the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences. The game will be televised live on Fox with a 5:30 p.m. kickoff on Dec. 27. For more information about the game and tickets, visit www.FosterFarmsBowl.com.