Talent abounds at county fair

The 29th annual Chisago County Fair Amateur Talent contest took place at the fairgrounds Sunday, July 15.

Under the red and white striped canopy, where the temperature was about 5 degrees cooler than the rest of the fairgrounds, fair board member Tim Holt welcomed the audience and emceed the show.

First up were Kayla Mack and Julia Kocon, performing a guitar-vocal duet. When the judges finished their work, this duo placed first in the teen division.

Looking confident and doing a great job singing was Ellie Manteufel, performing in the Open Class.

Dancing their way to the State Fair competition were Rachal Ries and Tianna Tavarez who took first place in the pre-teen category. While they were the only entry in this division, it was not an automatic trip to the State Fair, but the judges thought their performance merited that award.

Another singer in the teen division was Justine Hanson, with a spirited tune. She came with a lot of confidence.

Open Class competitor Alex Shaleen brought clogging into the 21st Century and wowed the audience with some fancy footwork. Taking first place in this division, he is headed to the State Fair competition.

From Rush City, Elly Johnson performed “If I Die Young” with a an endearing smile. She ended her performance by blowing a kiss to her fans in the back of the bleachers.

Judges this year were spouses of fair board members and included: Laura Holmstrom, Eileen Carlson and Jenny Holt.

Photos by MaryHelen Swanson

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