The Country Showdown is the nation’s largest and longest running country music talent contest which has been sponsored over the years by Dodge, Wrangler, True Value Hardware, GMC Truck, Coca-Cola, Jimmy Dean Foods, Colgate, and Texaco. Many of today's biggest country music stars have entered the Country Showdown include Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Martina McBride, Toby Keith, Chris Young, Sara Evans, plus many more. With the help of radio stations throughout the United States, the Country Showdown hosts thousands of talented up and coming country music singers, songwriters and bands in a 4 tier talent showcase competition. The local, regional & semifinals performances are held at fairs, festivals, casinos & special event venues providing a stage of opportunity for new artists as well as providing an exciting show for country music fans. The National Final event is the last showcase opportunity which has been held at the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry House, Walt Disney World & Branson with the artist receiving an artist development deal which includes cash and prizes totaling $100,000.