On Thursday night, the Independence Historical Museum and Art Center hosted a karaoke contest. They provided hors d'oeuvres and beverages for the occasion. Admission was $10 which went toward covering the cost for the event and to raise money for the historical society.

Contestants registered at the door and were required to select at least two songs, a contest song and a backup song in case they won. Before the contest began, singers had a chance to warm up with a couple of songs just for fun. Some of the songs sang were "Independence Day" by Martina McBride, "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Carousel" by Melanie Martinez, and many other classics and new hits.

The contest was judged by Ray Rothgeb, president of the Independence Historical Society, Mike Flood, of 4 Leaf Entertainment, and Chris Mitchell, of Community Mission for Improved Housing, Inc. Music was provided by Patricia and David Valdez, of Showtime Entertainment from Bartlesville, Okla.  

Singers included: Richard Akers, Mike Hines, Evangeline Blackert, Dave and Trish Valdez, Sarah Bryant, Jennifer Humphres, Michelle and Ashley Wilson, Jennifer Luna, Jennifer Stenson and Ginger Fritz. 

Following the fun, food and competition, Evangeline Blackert was announced as the winner. She sang a perfect rendition of "Shallow" by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper and received $100 in prize money for her performance.