ST. CHARLES – A handful of Kane County’s most talented performers are slated to showcase their skills Saturday at the Kane County Fair, with the first-place winners earning the chance to compete at the Illinois State Fair next month.
Larry Rossi, who coordinates the Kane County Fair Talent Contest with his wife, Ellen, said more than 30 performers auditioned for the talent show last month.
The pool was narrowed to 19 performers, who were split into a junior division for those up to age 15 and a senior division for those age 15 to 21.
The talent competition is in its 30th year, and Rossi said many of this year’s acts seemed to center around vocalists, dancers, piano players and guitar players.
“They’re really good. I can tell you that,” he said. “I think we know that Kane County has a lot of talent, and [audiences] would not be let down. They’ll really enjoy the high level of talent.”
This year’s first-place talent contest winners include Daniel Souvigny of Hampshire, who played a piano solo in the junior division, and Emily Schmid of Geneva, who performed a dance solo in the senior division.
Second-place winners include Erin Newman of St. Charles, who performed a vocal and piano solo in the junior division, and Kendra Knorst of St. Charles, who performed a dance solo in the senior division.
Third-place winners included Alissa Chu, Jessie Kempiak, Haley Moulton and Karlee Smith, all of Batavia, who performed a jazz dance in the junior division, and Michael Gans of Batavia, who performed a classical guitar solo in the senior division.
Those who came in third, second or first place at the Monday audition earlier this week are scheduled to perform at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Miller Lite Soundstage on the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles.