Last night at Tioga Downs, we had the hotly contested finale of The Hawk Hitmaker Challenge! Kaitlyn Jackson was awarded first place by our judges scorecards and became The Hawk Hitmaker!

But, Brooke Albright and Miranda Welch didn't make the judges decision easy - far from it. A total of 8 points separated all three contestants after all three contestants turned in excellent performances that captured the crowd and stirred enthusiasm in the future of country music in the Southern Tier. Hosted by the ever charismatic Rich Birdsall, it was a performance and party. If you weren't able to attend, I hope you watched the stream so you didn't miss the performances!

I personally want to thank everyone for coming out to Tioga Downs last night for a spectacular event that highlighted the amazing talent we have in our community!

Kaitlyn will now have her track sent to our record rep in Nashville, will perform TONIGHT at the Binghamton Senators game, and will get to see Mark Wills at Tioga Downs on January 26th!

A HUGE thank you to the Hitmaker contestants for lending us your talents - we had an extremely talented field and the future is bright! Thank you, also, to the families and supporters of the Hitmakers for coming out and making last night special.

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