In the spring of every year, the Lions of Virginia hold a State-Wide Music contest. This contest is called the “Lions of Virginia Bland Music Contest”. It is named after James Bland, who wrote “Carry Me Back to Ole Virginny”. The final competition is held at the Lions State Convention, in May each year. The Bland Competition starts at the local level with many clubs, including Park West Lions Club, holding local competitions in both instrumental and vocal divisions. Over $25,000.00 is awarded in this state wide contest.
For the past several years, Park West Lions Club has hosted the local Bland Contest as a Region IV, Zone 1 project through the co-operative efforts of all the Lions Clubs in Zone 1. The Chairman of the Bland Contest at the Park West Lions club is Lion Robert Kirk. If you would like to participate in the contest and live in our area, please contact Lion Robert Kirk at [email protected] Be sure you mention Bland Contest in the Subject Line.