The Texaco Country Showdown holds it first preliminary round in White Bluff tonight and with rain in the forecast, the event will be moved inside the community center. The nation’s oldest and longest-running country music talent contest, the Texaco Country Showdown will feature preliminary competitions the first four Fridays in May with those winners competing in the finals May 31. Each night’s competition starts at 7 pm at the White Bluff Community Center and contestants must be registered by 6:45. The winner of the local competition sponsored by WDKN and The One FM will advance to the state finals, with that winner moving on to the regional competition and the national finals to be held at the Ryman Auditorium where somebody will win the $100,000 top prize. White Bluff’s Jonathan Wells was last year’s local winner and went on to win the Tennessee state competition and advance to the regionals. Competition is open to any solo, duo or group act that is not currently signed to a professional contract and there is a $20 registration fee. Judges from inside the music industry will select each night’s winner. Co-sponsored by the White Bluff Economic and Community Development Committee, the showdown is free to attend and concessions will be operated by a different organization as a fund-raiser each week. Tonight’s round will benefit the Jennie Woodworth Memorial Library in White Bluff, which will operate the concession stand and also accept cash donations. The event is normally held on an outdoor stage at the community center but due to the forecast of rain and possible storms tonight, it will be held inside. For more information or to resigster for the showdown, contact Nikki Holland at 446-0752 extension 304.