Become your town idol

MERRIMACK — Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and David Cook all started small before becoming singing sensations on “American Idol.”

Now, Merrimack residents will be given a chance to score some local celebrity of their own.

Organizers of the second annual Merrimack Fall Festival and Business Expo are seeking contestants for the “Merrimack Idol Contest,” to be held Sept. 27 on an outside stage at Mastricola Elementary School.

The contest is open to all residents and will be judged by local people.

Contestants are not permitted to perform karaoke, and must bring their own background music or accompaniment.

Interested participants are asked to e-mail Dave McCray at