Talent to be showcased at fair
There has been African drumming and French horn duets, as well as poetry readings and performances by bands. Chicken hypnotizing even occurred once.
"Last year, a 3-year-old girl got up and sang 'You Are My Sunshine,' and everybody at that moment agreed America was great," Matt Kirby said. "She was impossibly cute."
Kirby hopes to once again get unique, inventive and varied acts for this year's Vinland Fair Talent Show.
"There are a lot of very talented people who live in this area," the talent show coordinator said.
The fair's annual talent show will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12. Kirby is looking for people interested in performing a five-minute talent act for the show.
He said having talent doesn't necessarily mean someone has to be able to sing the highlights from a Broadway musical or play a Beethoven sonata on the piano.
"Anything can be a talent," he said. "I think it would be great if someone did a cooking demonstration."
He said part of what makes the Vinland Fair Talent Show special is the tradition it has in just entertaining people.
"There is no pressure. This is not a contest," he said. "You can get up and be imperfect and we still love you.
"This is the ultimate family show. It's even more friendly than entertaining your aunts and uncles on a Sunday afternoon," he said. "Everyone who's in it is just there to have a good time. It's people who care about what they do and they want to share it."
Kirby said some of this year's acts already lined up include performances on India Tabla, which are two drums, and a large panpipe made of tuned bottles. Interspersed throughout the show, he said, will be group sing alongs.
He said there has been much interest in the talent show from people from Lawrence, but he wants more people from the local community as well.
"We need people from Baldwin and Vinland and Marion Springs and Wellsville," he said.
Those interested in performing in the talent show can contact Kirby at 594-3849. He said those wanting to participate could just show up the night of the talent show, but it would be best to notify him ahead of time.
Kirby encouraged people who didn't want to participate, to attend the talent show and be entertained.
"It's just a long-standing tradition of people entertaining each other," he said. "It's a wonderful tradition."
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