Gong Show talent contest benefits Grow Benzie

Participants perform a “Spice Girls” act at Stormcloud Brewery’s Gong Show in the past. This year’s event will take place at 8 p.m. on Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

FRANKFORT — Stormcloud Brewing Company is celebrating a classic television talent show and raising money for a community nonprofit organization.

The Stormcloud Gong Show returns at 8 p.m. on Saturday at Stormcloud’s pub in downtown Frankfort. The amateur talent contest invites contestants to perform a unique act to a live audience, with two competitors claiming prizes from Stormcloud and Frankfort’s historic Garden Theater.

A percentage of Stormcloud’s pub sales during the event will be donated to Grow Benzie, a nonprofit farmstead and community center dedicated to enriching the lives of Benzie County residents.

Grow Benzie executive director Josh Stoltz will host the event, which is a parody of the popular 1970s game show, “The Gong Show,” hosted by Chuck Barris. In the original competition, contenders performed novelty acts for celebrity judges. If a judge considered an act to be bad, the judge would strike a large gong, forcing the contestant to stop their act. The final contestant to avoid being gonged was awarded a cash prize.

The final two contestants to avoid the gong at The Stormcloud Gong Show will be awarded a year of beer from Stormcloud or a year of movies from The Garden Theater. Sign up to become a contestant at Stormcloudbrewing.com/gong.

 

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