The Columbia County Amateur Series finale show will go on rain or shine Thursday.
After postponing the finale date once due to bad weather, event organizers moved the talent show indoors to the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, inside the Columbia County Library in Evans.
“We can guarantee that it takes place,” said county Rental Facilities and Venues Manager Sandy Boner.
Strong storms kept the September finale from taking place at the Lady Antebellum Pavilion, but the five competing acts are still ready for their moment in the spotlight.
After nearly three months of competition at 10 Friday night shows, Steel Cross, Dayz to Come, Pyroteque, Miranda P. and She N She will battle against each other Thursday for the title of Columbia County’s top talent.
“I’m very excited,” said country-pop artist Miranda Pokrzywinski. “It’s something Augusta or Columbia County has never done before, so it’s a really neat experience.”
Pokrzywinski, who typically performs cover songs, said she’s nervous about playing her original music in front of the crowd.
But the Grovetown resident will have her fair share of supporters in the audience.
“I had people fighting over my tickets, because there’s only a limited amount of space,” she said. “Each contestant only gets 30 tickets.
“I already have 25 of them given away.”
The Columbia County Amateur Series, modeled after America’s Got Talent, featured nearly 40 performers of all ages.
Winners were chosen by judges, audience members and a decibel reader used to measure applause.
The finale show begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, with doors to the theater opening at 7:15 p.m.
“The energy in there is really good,” Boner said. “It’ll be an exciting show.”
Seating is limited to 282 guests, so tickets must be reserved by calling (706) 312-7501.
“We are offering a maximum of four (free) tickets per request,” Boner said. “We’re only going to allow ticket holders inside the actual theater.
“Anyone else that wants to come will be able to go into the lobby or the cafe.”
Leftover tickets can be picked up at the theater before the show begins.
Because Pyroteque is a fire performance troupe, the audience will move outside to the Columbia County Amphitheater for the group’s program.
Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. First-place prizes include an in-person audition for judges at America’s Got Talent, opening for Eddie Money and Starship on Oct. 12, studio time, and a professional photo shoot.
For more information about the talent series, visit www.ccamateurseries.com.