Show goes on despite heat

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Winners in the 9 and under category at the annual Amateur Talent Show July 17 at the Historic Courthouse were, front row from left, Sarah Dollerschell, Katelyn Stack and Maylin Kennedy, Josie Clemens and Lydia Ross and back row, Ben Ross, with emcee John Markgraf.

Despite last week’s heat, the annual Amateur Talent Show and Ice Cream Social went on July 17 at the Washington County Historic Courthouse in Stillwater.

Twenty-one acts competed for cash prizes donated by the Stillwater Noon Rotary.

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Talent show winners in the 10-12-year category were, from left, Ally Clemens and Nadalee Thompson, Laura Jensen and Olivia Ralston.

Winners in the Age 9 and Younger category, performing “Stray Cat Strut,” were Sarah Dollerschell, Katelyn Stack and Maylin Kennedy who took home first place honors. Second place went to Josie Clemens for her singing of “Amazing Grace,” and third place went to Lydia Ross, who played an original keyboard piece, entitled “Wilting Flower.”

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Talent show winners in the 13-17-year category were, from left, Sam Vinson, Theja Ingebrand and Brittany Wojtowicz.

Nadalee Thompson and Ally Clemens took first place in the Pre-Teen category with an a cappella performance of “When I’m Gone” with cup percussion. Second place went to Laura Jensen for her dance performance to “Tumbleweeds.” Olivia Ralston accompanied herself on the ukulele performing “Mirrors” to take third place.

The Teen category had a first place tie with Sam Vinson’s edgy vocal performance and Theja Ingebrand dancing to “Sail.” Third place was awarded to Britanny Wojtowicz who played the guitar and sang “Do You Think About Me?”

The Adult/Open category also had a first place tie with Randy Ralston on guitar and vocals performing “Bamboleo” and Alex Shaleen, a clogger, performing to “Show Me How to Burlesque.”  Third place went to Nathan Enter, who sang “See You Tonight” accompanying himself on the guitar.

Historic Courthouse staff thank the guests who braved the heat at the event and to all participants in the Talent Show, emcee John Markgraf and sound technician Matt Kotefka of First Choice DJ Services and Sound. Thanks also goes to Leo’s Grill and Malt Shop for their donation of ice cream for the root beer floats, Edina Realty-Stillwater, whose staff served the root beer floats, and also provided funds for the Fantasy Corral Petting Zoo, and the Stillwater Noon Rotary for providing cash prizes for the Talent Show. Youth Service Bureau, St. Paul Lutheran Church, the Washington County Historical Society, and ArtReach Alliance provided water, pop and activities for the children.

Also, thanks to the courthouse volunteers, county parks staff and the county Sentence to Service program for their help in setting up and conducting the event.