Lauren Alaina returns to her roots at Riverbend

photo Lauren Alaina will close out the Riverbend Festival tonight.

Lauren Alaina was 9 years old when she sang at Riverbend the first time, winning the children's talent contest sponsored by the Times Free Press.

"I wore a Pocahontas outfit and sang 'Just Around the Riverbend,'" Alaina recalled of her festival debut. "I also sang 'Part of Your World' in a hula girl outfit that same night."

The 17-year-old returns to the riverfront tonight, but this time the rising country star is headlining the Coca-Cola Stage.

Instead of covering Disney classics, the "American Idol" runner-up will entertain the hometown crowd with her own hits, such as "Georgia Peaches" and "Like My Mother Does" from her debut album, "Wildflower."