Lyle Hagen won the sixth Sequim Karaoke Idol contest Aug. 8 at the James Center for Performing Arts. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Lyle Hagen won the sixth Sequim Karaoke Idol contest Aug. 8 at the James Center for Performing Arts. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Sequim Karaoke Idol crowns new king at Music in the Park

SEQUIM — For the sixth annual Sequim Karaoke Idol contest, Lyle Hagen came out on top.

Hagen went against 11 other contestants Aug. 8 and won $100 by singing “Keep Your Hands to Yourself” by The Georgia Satellites and Brooks &Dunn’s “Boot Scootin’ Boogie.”

After winning, he sang Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine.”

Jessica Cole won $50 for second place and Becky Kuhns $25 for third place.

The event was part of the city of Sequim’s Music in the Park program at the James Center for the Performing Arts in Carrie Blake Park, 350 N. Blake Ave.

Other participants were Lisa Wentworth, Lily May and Zoe Baumann, Dick Berryman, Jim and Tami Gilbertson, Leann Peterson, Sid Vandiver and Benjamin Scott.

Music in the Park continues each Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. through Aug. 29 with the Navy Band Northwest on Aug. 22 and the Stardust Big Band on Aug. 29.

The series started in 2006 and is free to the public and all are welcome — including pets. Interested guests are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket and picnic baskets.


Matthew Nash is a reporter with the Olympic Peninsula News Group, which is composed of Sound Publishing newspapers Peninsula Daily News, Sequim Gazette and Forks Forum. Reach him at

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