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Kane talent contest winners to compete in Springfield Saturday

Emily Schmid Genevperforming Kane County Fair Talent Contest  2011. | Sun-Times Medifile

Emily Schmid of Geneva performing at the Kane County Fair Talent Contest in 2011. | Sun-Times Media file

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Updated: February 15, 2014 6:12AM



Two Kane County Fair 2013 Talent Contest first-place winners — Emily Schmid of Geneva (Senior Division) and Daniel Souvigny of Hampshire (Junior Division) — will compete Saturday at the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs Official Talent Contest State Competition in Springfield.

To win the top honors at the Kane County Fair, Souvigny performed a lively piano solo of Nagasaki. Schmid won with her performance of an artistic dance solo to “Titanium.”

They will represent Kane County at the Illinois competition and both must compete in Springfield with the same performance.

Both Schmid and Souvigny received a $200 first-place prize at the Kane County Fair Talent Contest, held July 15 as a “Pre-Fair Showcase” at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles.

Last year, Nicole DiSandro of Elburn won first place in the Junior Competition at the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fair (IAAF) talent contest. She was the first-place winner of the Junior Division of the 2012 Kane County Fair Talent Contest. She performed at the Illinois State Fair last summer.

“We were very proud of Nicole and the pride it brought to all of us in Kane County,” said Larry Rossi of RPM Creative Music, coordinator of the Kane County Fair Talent Contest for the past 30 years.

The Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs Official Talent Contest State Competition in Springfield began its tradition in the 1970s in conjunction with the Illinois State Agricultural Fairs annual convention.

“Locally, the Kane County Fair Talent Contest is open to a wide variety of talent and entertainment,” said Rossi. “In 2013, we had over 35 acts perform in our auditions and 19 finalists who competed for prizes. The judges were highly impressed with the quality of talent in our community. We really look forward to next year’s contest based on the excitement we experienced this year.”

The contest is open to any person or group (school/organization) residing in Kane County. More details about the 2014 Kane County Fair Talent Contest competitions will be available soon. The first round is usually held in June, and the talent contest will be held on July 14. The Kane County Fair will be held July 16-20.

For more information and how to enter future contests, contact Rossi at 847-622-9935 or email KaneCoTalent@aol.com.



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