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Lee takes talent show honors

Union Fair showcases local talent
By Beth A. Birmingham | Aug 22, 2013
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Eleven-year-old Daisy Lee of Friendship took the stage by storm Aug. 20 at the inaugural Union Fair Talent Show. Lee was one of 18 acts that participated in the event, which started Aug. 17.

Union — Everyone is a winner, according to Entertainment Committee member and event emcee Abraham Knight of the 18 acts that auditioned for the inaugural Union Fair Talent Show.

But it was Daisy Lee, 11, of Friendship, who sang her way to the top during the finals Aug. 20. Lee was one of eight acts that made it to the finals. Auditions began Aug. 17 with 18 acts of varying talents — singers, dancers, and a pseudo-juggler — performing.

Judges for the event were Frank and Sara Albert of Rockland, Ron and Kay Anderson of Warren, and Wayne Antone of Bangor. Frank is a member of the board of The Maine Academy of Country Music, and he and wife Sara have danced for many years. Ron and Kay are musicians. Kay plays the stand up bass and Ron plays the guitar and dobro, and according to Knight is one of the best guitar players in the country. Wayne is a drummer and vocalist, and has played all over the world.

In front of an audience of approximately 200 onlookers, it took an hour and a half to narrow the field and name the grand prize winner.

Singing her way to finishing second was Alexys Schaeffer, 12, of Union. Third place finisher was Alice Limoges, 18, of Rockport, playing the guitar and singing two of her own pieces of work. And finishing with honorable mention was Malaya Moores, 8, of Washington with her rendition of "The Cup Song."

Other performances Aug. 20 were from Sullivan Fink and Calista Pagurko, Kayla Joe Anderson, Kathryn Colomb and Anna Pagurko, and Erin Duguay.

"There is some unbelievable talent here," said Knight..

Among the original 18 performers were Katelynn Colbry, Mark Cayouette, Danica Cayouette, Cristen Rasmussen, Nadia Smith, Joseph Murphy, Clara Bragg, Alyssa Emerick, and Sierra Adkins,

Ron Hawes, Union Fair President, thanked all of the volunteers for making the event a success and announced it will take place again next year.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Talent Show
Scenes from the Union Fair and Maine Wild Blueberry Festival Talent Show from Aug. 20 (Video by: Beth Birmingham & Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Eight acts competed in the finals Aug. 20 at the Union Fair Talent Show. Originally 18 talents auditioned on Aug. 17. Daisy Lee of Friendship, far right, took top honors, although all acts were very entertaining. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Judges for the Union Fair Talent show take notes while the crowd of approximately 200 listen to the acts in the finals Aug. 20. From left, are Frank and Sara Albert, Ron and Kay Anderson, and Wayne Antone. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Alice Limoges, 18, of Rockport, was one of eight final acts in the Union Fair Talent Show Aug. 20. Limoges finished third after playing the guitar and singing two of her own songs. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Malaya Moores, 8, of Washington, performs "The Cup Song" as her act in the Union Fair Talent Show finals Aug. 20. Moores finished fourth in the ring of 18 participants. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Alexys Schaeffer, 12, of Union, belts out a song from "CATS" the musical to finish second in the Union Fair Talent Show finals Aug. 20. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Sullivan Fink and Calista Pagurko perform a dance routine during the finals in the Union Fair Talent Show Aug. 20. The pair were part of the eight finalists, paired down from 18 total acts that auditioned Aug. 17. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Kathryn Colomb and Anna Pagurko strut their stuff in the finals of the Union Fair Talent Show Aug. 20. The team was one of eight final acts. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Daisy Lee receives her grand prize for winning the Union Fair Talent Show Aug. 20. Presenting the award is Entertainment Committee member and emcee of the event Abraham Knight. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Young Malaya Moores is presented some ride tickets for her fourth place finish in the Union Fair Talent Show Aug. 20. Moores performed "The Cup Song" as her talent act. Presenting the award is Abraham Knight, emcee. Looking on are second place winner Alexys Schaeffer and grand prize winner Daisy Lee. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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Beth Birmingham
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 14.

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