Can Hernando County's Jenny Rimmer become a country star in her 40s?
Jenny Rimmer has no illusions.
She knows she's probably not what the organizers of the 28th Colgate Country Showdown are looking for. The showcase is geared toward unearthing the next bubbly, 20-something sensation.
Rimmer is in her 40s.
That doesn't mean the Hernando County songbird is ready to throw in the towel just yet. Rimmer upset 10 other singers to win the Central Florida regional crown in July, and when she appears Sunday in Pensacola for the contest's state finals, she'll be ready to give it all she's got.
"Maybe they're looking for the next Susan Boyle!" said Rimmer, with a laugh.
Rimmer, who works in the dispatch center at a Wal-Mart distribution center, has been showcasing her talent locally for much of the past decade. But she's already earned quite a bit of recognition for her singing. She was named the North American Country Music Association International's 2006 Female Vocalist of the Year, and she performed at the finals in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
The Colgate Country Showdown has a long history of being a launching pad for great talents. Country superstar Garth Brooks was a past competitor. So were Tim McGraw, Martina McBride and Sara Evans.