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Kane County Fair announces talent contest winners

Sophia Peterson of Elgin (junior division), and Erin Newman of St. Charles (senior division) were named the first-place winners of the 31st annual Kane County Fair Talent Contest.

The talent contest took place July 14 as a “pre-fair showcase” at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles.

Peterson sang an opera solo of “Ave Maria” and Erin Newman sang a vocal solo of “Maybe This Time.”
Contestants were judged by technique, stage presentation, audience appeal and appearance. Both contestants received a $200 first-place prize. Other cash prizes awarded included a second-place prize of $125 and a third-place prize of $75. All other finalists received $20 per act.

As first-place winners of the Kane County Fair Talent Contest, Peterson and Newman will compete in their division and automatically represent Kane County in January at the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs Official Talent Contest State Competition in Springfield.

“We are so proud of the Kane County Fair Talent Contest,” said Larry Rossi, RPM Creative Music and coordinator of the talent contest, in a news release. “This year was such an impressive range of quality talent. We strive to grow this competition and continue to provide young people with a friendly competition to encourage and showcase their talent and gifts.”

Second- and third-place winners of the Kane County Fair 2014 Talent Contest are as follows, by place:
• The second-place junior division winner was Olivia Kelley of Geneva. Kelley performed a vocal and piano solo of “Don’t Know Why.”

• The third-place junior division winner was Grace Lenaghan of St. Charles. Lenaghan performed a vocal solo of “Think of Me.”

• The second-place senior division winners were Lucy Avila and Amanda Maher of Batavia. The duo performed a piano duet of “C.S. Theme & Variations.”

• The third-place senior division winner was Sean Seales of St. Charles. Seales performed a vocal and guitar solo called “Imagine Medley,” states the release. 

All junior and senior division winners will perform at the Kane County Fair at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Miller Lite Sound Stage.

The contest is open to any person or group (school/organization) residing in Kane County.
For more information on how to enter future contests, call 847-622-9935 or email

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