The Gospel Talent Explosion at Pine Bluff has increased prizes for winners of the event which raises funds for the National Sickle Cell Foundation.


The talent show will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Trinity Annex Building, 2900 W. Sixth Ave. Prizes include first place — $150 and a trophy; second place — $75 and a trophy; and third place — $50 and a trophy.


The fundraiser is open to all choirs, soloists, praise dancers and musicians. The entry fee for contestants is $50 and the registration deadline is Friday, July 13.


The event will be presented by the Arkansas State Association of Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World Inc. (Daughters’ Auxiliary I.B.P.O.E. of W.)


Admission for the general public to attend is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Details: Annette Goins, 870-489-0601, or Myrna Tate, 870-592-4861.