The Grey County Kiwanis Festival of Music is off to a good start -- and experiencing some growth this year.
The festival gives a chance for school students and classes around the region to showcase their musical and vocal talents in a number of categories.
Executive Director Mary Jane Quinn says they're seeing more entries, and more newcomers, especially in the school vocal categories.
That includes soloists and classroom choirs and Quinn says they've had to add an extra vocal day to the festival this year.
Quinn is also pleased to see an increase in participation amongst the kindergarten age group.
Overall, Quinn says they have 600 entries this year, and over two thousand participants total.
The competition started Monday at various venues including St. George's Anglican Church, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, and Georgian Bay Secondary School.
It runs until April 7th and resumes again April 11th through the 14th.
Quinn says the public is invited to watch any of the performances by donation.
But the real big event comes on Monday, April 18th and Tuesday April 19th with the Festival Stars concerts.
Monday night, the winners in the soloist and small ensembles will play at Alliance Church in Owen Sound beginning at 7:30 PM.
The next night, choirs, bands and orchestras will be featured at OSCVI again at 7:30 PM.
Admission to the shows is five dollars at the door.
Quinn says all of the money will go back into the music festival to pay for awards and cover capital costs.
There will be about 10 thousand dollars given out to the winners.