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Show choir ‘Classic’ brings hundreds into Onalaska


ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Almost 20 show choirs andhundreds of fans filled Onalaska High School for the 27thAnnual Onalaska Classic Saturday.

The Classic takes eight months of planning, three to fourdays to set-up, and more than 100 parents to make sure it runs smoothly, accordingto Chair Barbara Saiz.  

"It's a lot of work but it's very, very rewarding workbecause the kids put their hearts into it, and so parents who help are puttingtheir hearts into it too," she said.

Parents' jobs can range from selling tickets to greetingbusses of students.

Choirs traveled long distances to compete, representingschools in Wisconsin, Minnesota,Iowa and Illinois.

Some families in the audience said they've been making thetrip to Onalaska for years and appreciate how welcoming the community is.

"All the volunteers are more than happy to assist andanswer questions. The area is two and a half hours away from Bloomington, (Minn.),so it's nice to just kinda get away and go on a little road trip. And thefacilities here in Onalaska are wonderful," said Mike Trudell, a parent oftwo show choir students

Trudell said he and his wife decided to organize a showchoir competition back in Bloomingtonlast year.

Because of the Classic's success, they asked for advice fromthe Onalaska team.

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