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Vote For Local Ukulele Player To Win National Competition

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A Valley man is in the hunt to win a national ukulele competition.  The contest ends Friday so with only two days to go Edward Hernandez, the strumming musician from Hanford needs your vote.

Hernandez has been playing the ukulele for the past two and a half years.  He was so confident about his ability that he entered Ukulele Magazine's Holly Jolly contest with a John Lennon song, Happy Christmas. 

In mid–November Hernandez was informed that he was one of five finalists. With two days to go in the competition he's in first place.  "It was a surprise.   I was pretty shocked to hear that.  I was very excited I let people know about it to vote for me."

The winner in the solo competition receives Ukulele Magazine's Golden Tiki.  Hernandez plays ten different musical instruments.   He started at nine years old and most of the time he plays by ear.  "People that know me, they know I pick up quick.  They try to stump me with a song and say hey play this and I play it within 2 or 3 minutes."

Edward Hernandez is enjoying his moment in the spotlight and he's optimistic.  "Even if I do win this competition it got out to everybody that voted for me for one and everybody that believed in me."

Hernandez is close to winning a national competition, but he knows anything can happen before Friday.

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