2011 Country Showdown
Chanda Smith-Jones won the judges hearts with her stories of an Ozarks childhood and original songs rooted deeply in her country upbringing. Smith-Jones took first place Wednesday, July 13, in the Texaco Country Showdown at the Saline County Fairground Amphitheatre. Coming in second was local singer Brittni Allison, and placing third was Ben Rogers, of Smithville, who also performed two original songs. Chandra Smith-Jones tells the audience about her lucky goose-feather boa. (Eric Crump/Democrat-News) [Click to enlarge] [Order this photo] Other contestants included Lucas Burns from Brookfield, Tori Dahmer of Nevada, Emily Drummond of Sweet Springs, Katelyn Arnold of Rockville. The event also included performances by non-contestants Lori Price -- a two-time past winner of the event -- Lou Michaels and 2010 Saline County Country Showdown winner Sarah Craven from Hardin.