Every county fair tries to liven up the entertainment offerings and the Wyoming County Community Fair is no exception.
This year, folks enjoyed being entertained by local performers at the re-introduction of a Monday fair talent show at the free stage.
Seven different acts performed on stage before a crowd of about 100 people, competing for prizes in the 18 and under age group, and the 19 and over age group.
Among the performers who participated in the Talent Show included:
*Sarah Brown of Dalton - baton twirling.
*Cydney DeWitt and Bethany Bleil, both of Montrose - singing; third place, 18 and under.
*Kamri Hoffman of Towanda - singing and playing the guitar; first place, 18 and under.
*Nate Stark of Tunkhannock - dancing; second place, 18 and under.
*Jessica Ely of Tunkhannock - singing.
*Hadassah Schork of Tunkhannock - singing.
*Kyler DeGrote, Austin Boom, and Caleb Tunilo, all of Dimock (High Five the King) - singing and playing guitar, first place, 19 and over.
The event was organized by Alyssa Sickler, president of Junior Fair Board.
“We wanted to get more young people to participate at the fair,” Sickler explained. “We talked to people and they said they wanted a talent show.”
Sickler said that she was pleased with the results of the show, but felt there was room for improvement.
“Next year, I think we could advertise it more,” she said. “And maybe hold it on a bigger stage.”
Serving as master of ceremonies during the event were Travis Tewksbury and Ken Burns, who, in addition to introducing the acts, provided some jokes and lively banter between performances.
Contestants competed for $75, $50, and $25 in prizes respectively, and a total of $300 in prizes
Judging the event was Chuck Pirone, Steve Traver, and Shaun Rickaby. The sound system was operated by Raymond Phillips.
“It was awesome,” said Kamri Hoffman about winning first place in the 18 and under category.
This was not Hoffman’s first time at winning a prize, though. Just last week, she also won first place at the Sullivan County Fair’s talent show.
“I think it’s really fun to perform,” Hoffman said. “I’ve always had a passion for music.
“It was fun,” said Kyler DeGrote about his group, High Five the King, winning first place in the over 19 years old category. “We didn’t actually come here to win. We just wanted to have fun and play music.”
DeGrote said that he and Tunilo have been performing together for about two years. Boom was recently added to the band’s line up.
DeGrote also said that they’ve performed at open mic nights around the area, and expected to make even more appearances at other events in the near future.