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Fairbury's got talent

"The Masked Ballerinas," Melissa Nagel & Shannon Brown, perform "Jolene" at the fair talent show Thursday.

From comedy acts to musical solos, this year’s Fairbury Fair talent show had it all.

Thursday’s event in front of the grandstand featured singer Jonathan Len serving as emcee and performing some of his music. He was formerly a member of the group Blend which performed at the Fairbury Fair numerous times over the years.

In the ages 4-10 junior division, Crosby Schahrer of Bloomington won for his vocal solo. For the ages 11-14 junior division, Savannah Reed of Danforth received first place for a dance solo. Reed will represent Fairbury at the state competition in Springfield next January. Addison Lewis of Hoopeston received second place for her vocal solo. Third place went to Ivan Morris of Fairbury with a comedy act.

Honorable mentions went to Brody Norris and Reese Mueller of Fairbury with a guitar and vocal performance as well as Alaina Ricketts and Hayley Sweich of Fairbury with a dance duet.

A Prairie Central teacher division included total prize money of $2,000 raised through talent show sponsors for teachers to use in their classrooms. The “One Correction” entry received first place with teachers in the entry splitting $1200. This group routine featured Emily Wenger, Amber Edwards, Emery Wenger and Jenny Quinn. “The Masked Ballerinas” duet performance received second place with Melissa Nagel and Shannon Brown competing. They split the $800 second place prize.

This year’s Fairbury Fair talent show sponsors included: Dr. Charlene Aaron and Family, Angie (Coleman) Wenger and Becky (Coleman) Webster in honor of Keith and Lois Coleman, Jerry and Carol Schahrer and Danny Schahrer – Country Financial Agency.

Singer Jonathan Len entertains the crowd in the grandstand Thursday evening.

Huey the Hawk makes an appearance with Jenny Quinn, right.

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