Lee takes talent show honorsUnion Fair showcases local talent
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 13.