The Grundy County Agricultural Fair Talent Show was held noon Saturday, July 6 at the Grundy County Fairgounds.
Karin Facko of Braidwood, director, welcomed about 60 to 75 people, including three judges, Angela Baumeister, Michael Baumeister and Brende Bowden; sound, Dan and Chris Stapleton; auditor, Marsha Biros; timekeeper, Jim Facko; and families, friends and contestants.
The audience, led by Jim Facko on the piano and Karin Facko, sang “God Bless America.”
The Junior Division had 12 participants: Gabby Cinotto, 10, of Diamond, first place singing “Tomorrow.” She will represent Grundy County in state competition in January.
Madelyn Doran of Odell was also a first-place winner but is unable to go to state because she went two years ago.
Anya Hootaman, 11, of Morris, took second place, and Mikayla Ahern,12, of Crest Hill, was in third place. Other participants were vocalists Emily Root, 12, of Coal City, and Maddy Knapp, 10 , of Morris, Darby O’Shea, 10, of Braidwood, Evelyn Gorecki, 10, of Frankfort, and Natalie Arwood of Seneca. Also David Whitson, 14, on electrical guitar; Pauline Stevens, 14, and Simone Stevens, 11, of Morris, piano duet; Allison Arwood, 9, Calle Bauer, 8, and Gracie Boyd, 8, of Seneca, dance.
In the Senior Division, Breann Weinberg, 17, won first place, singing “Hero.” She will go to state in January.
Rachel Drauden, 16, of Coal City, took second place. Jordan Moore, 15, of Morris, sang and played guitar.
First place winners received $100 plaques; second place winners received $75 plaques; third place winners received $50 plaques.