Talent shines through at Franklin Co. Fair

August 23, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

WILLIAMSON, Pa. - Contestants vied for their chance at $50 through singing, dancing and comedy at the Franklin County Fair Talent Show on Wednesday,

Eleven-year-old Claire Martin was the first to hit the stage in the musical category for youths, ages 13 and under.

"It was pretty scary, but when I'm up there I just smile and think about the right things," said Martin, who sang "My Life Is In Your Hands."

Martin is no stranger to competing in singing contests. She has sung in karaoke contests in Mercersburg, Pa., and at Rouzerfest in Rouzerville, Pa. She also performs in Waynesboro's Children's Theater.

"I just had a great time," Martin said of the fair's talent show. She won second place for her singing performance.


Thirteen contestants competed in groups based on age and talent. Talents were either musical or performance.

Abigail Cole, of Mercersburg, Pa., sang "The Rose" in the competition.

"I thought it would be fun and I like the prizes," said Cole, 10, who won third place. "I think I did really well."

Eleven-year-old Maggie Mellott sang and danced during the talent show. She sang "Hurt" and tap-danced to "Crazy Little Thing Called Love."

Of her tap performance, Mellott said, "I felt very good about it."

Mellott has been involved in the Franklin County Fair Talent Show since she was 7 years old and began taking voice lessons at the age of 6. She won second place for her tap dance and won fourth place for her singing performance.

Playing her guitar and singing, Kelly Neibert, 19, performed "Wasted," in the musical category ages 14 to 19 and won second place.

"I enjoy being in competitions," Neibert said. "I can use the ($50) for books."

Neibert attends Messiah College and sings on Sundays with Messiah's worship band.

Kyle Purnell of Chambersburg, Pa., was the lone contestant in the performance category, ages 14 to 19.

He performed a comedy skit with magic tricks, such as guessing what card a volunteer picked out of his oversized deck.

"I do this as a hobby," said Purnell, who gets inspiration from the Internet, television and books.

"This is just awesome - to get performance and exposure," said Rachel Quinn, who won first place for singing "Don't Treat Me Bad," in the musical category ages 14 to 19.

First-place winners in each category and age group received a trophy and $50. All of the other contestants received $10.

First place winners in the musical category were:

· Andrea Miller of Greencastle, Pa. - 20 years and older

· Rachel Quinn of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. - ages 14 to 19

· Madison Gober of Blue Ridge Summit - ages 13 and under

First place winners in the performance category were:

· Kyle Mitchell of Fort Loudon, Pa. - 20 years and older

· Kyle Purnell of Chambersburg, Pa. - ages 14 to 19

· Claire Martin of Waynesboro, Pa., and Madison Gober - ages 13 and under

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