Harrisburg – Pennsylvania youth showcased their musical talent along with national recording artist Glen Shelton Sunday, Jan. 9, at the 2011 Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Shelton performed original songs and other popular country tunes prior to the “Farm Show’s Got Talent” event that featured youth who either sang or played instruments to impress a panel of musically-inclined judges, including Shelton.
The Junior Instrumental Solo Division consisted of three contestants: Autumn Moore, of Newport, Perry County, who placed first with her fiddle solo; Mikara Anderson of Three Springs, Huntingdon County, who was second with a guitar and singing performance; and Dylan Clark, Enon Valley, Lawrence County, who placed third also sang and played guitar.
In the Junior Instrumental Group, brother and sister fiddle-playing team Autumn and Canyon Moore of Newport, Perry County, were the sole contestants in the division.
The Intermediate Vocal Solo Division had one contestant, in which Amanda Sautner, Warrington, Bucks County, sang a selection from the musical Les Miserables.
In the Intermediate Instrumental Division, Shanna Nguyen of Duncannon, Perry County, played a classical piano piece.
The Senior Vocal Solo Division saw stiff competition between Hannah Boltz of Grantville, Lebanon County, placing over Carrie Bush of Lykens, Dauphin County.
The Senior Vocal Group had one entry, in which Sarah Wilson of Portersville, Butler County, and Tori Richards of New Castle, Lawrence County, sang a duet by the Dixie Chicks.
Miss Teenager Pennsylvania Katye Trexler was on hand to distribute awards and take photographs with the contestants. Trexler stays busy with her non-profit organization, ‘Katye’s Helping Hands’, which aims at helping children of any law enforcement officer or firefighter that is lost in the line of duty.
Five judges evaluated each contestant’s performance. The judges included Velda Avis Jones, a singer, pianist and actress; Raechel Sattazahn, marketing officer with AgChoice Farm Credit; Brook Duer, Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture; Danny Conner, a performer in an eight-member gospel ensemble, and Shelton.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 290 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 8-15 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10.
For more information, visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us.
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