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July 24, 2013

Novelty act, vocalist named champions of annual 4-H talent show

The Witham Health Services Pavilion was filled with the sound of music Friday night during the 2013 Boone County Fair 4-H Talent Contest.

Luke Everett and Lindsey Williams served as the masters of ceremony for the event.

Nine-year-old Taylor Moss — the only nonsinger of the evening — captured the junior division with her novelty gymnastic/Hula Hoop solo “Cirque Du 4-H.” Abigale Wagner, 7, took first place with her vocal solo “It’s Not Too Late.”

The senior division featured eight acts.

Lucas DeBard, 16, was named grand champion for his vocal rendition of “Summertime.” First runner-up was Megan O’Connor, 18, singing a Whitney Houston song, and second runner-up was Kristen Leffler, 15, who sang “Skinny Love.”

A duo, sisters Maggie and Emma Klingensmith, ages 12 and 15 respectively, took first place in the vocal group division for their song “American Honey.”

Other participants in the senior division (ages 13-21) included Natalie Wilson, 13, singing “Beyond My Wildest Dreams,” Molly Rose Kercheval, 14, singing “Love Somebody,” Cassidy Tommas-Dolick, 16, singing “Hallelujah,” and Allison Mauch, 19, singing “Blown Away.”

Several of the top acts will have the opportunity to perform at the state fair next month.

In addition to the slated performers, the crowd was kept entertained while the judges tallied the scores. The lineup during the judges’ break included a fair number of past and present fair royalty, including the duet “Sisters” by sisters Abby and Kate Emmert (Abby was the 2011 Boone County 4-H Fair Queen, and Kate is the reigning fair queen.) and the song “Crazy” by 2012 fair queen Abby Everett. Jacob DeBard and Kate Emmert sang the duet “Time of My Life” and tossed in a dance during the instrumental. Sally Everett sang “I’m Going to Love You Through It.”

The littlest singer of the evening was toddler Havelah Homkes, who couldn’t decide which microphone she preferred to use. Once she did make the choice, the sound of her own voice echoing through the pavilion startled her so much, she sat down in surprise.

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