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Barbershop quartet event coming to town

Feb. 08, 2013 @ 12:29 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The 2013 Johnny Appleseed District Spring Convention is planned for April in Huntington, according to a release from the Pullman Plaza Hotel.

The convention for barbershop quartet style singers is expected to bring 800 to 1,000 visitors to the area. The convention features quartets who compete to qualify for the International Barbershop Harmony Society competition this summer in Toronto, where the Society will celebrate its 75th anniversary. Competitions will be held at Huntington High School.

"We are excited about coming to Huntington in 2013 for the first time in more than 20 years," Steve Sommer, Johnny Appleseed District convention manager, said in a release. "The contest venue and headquarters hotel are excellent for our purposes, and we look forward to working with our local chapter hosts, The Thundertones."

The hotel estimates 350 to 400 rooms will be used, which could mean an economic impact of $350,000 to $450,000.

The district also will host a chorus competition to crown district chorus champions. The Johnny Appleseed District is comprised of more than 50 chapters in Ohio, the northeast half of West Virginia, the southwest corner of Pennsylvania and one chapter in northeastern Kentucky. It's one of 16 districts in the United States that form the Barbershop Harmony Society.

For more information, contact Natalie Blackwelder at Natalieb@pullmanplaza.com or 304-691-5408.