MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A West Virginia woman will represent Maryland next month in Hershey, Pa., as she tries to advance to the next stage of the True Value/Jimmy Dean's Country Music Showdown.
Amy Ropp, 21, of Martinsburg, won the local competition on July 17 at Redman's Club in Williamsport. She competed against a dozen other contestants to win the first phase of the contest.
She sang "Valentine" by Martina McBride and "Amazing Grace" in the contest, which was judged on talent, originality, stage presence, vocal or instrumental ability and marketability in country music.
She will be Maryland's lone representative on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m. in Hershey Park Arena where country music singer Brandy Seals will also be performing. She will compete against four Pennsylvania performers.