10/09/05 — Students show their talents at fair contest

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Students show their talents at fair contest

By Turner Walston
Published in News on October 9, 2005 2:02 AM

"Ladies and gentlemen, the time has arrived," said Janet Barnes, master of ceremonies for the talent show at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair.

Wednesday and Thursday, students competed in eight categories for a $10 prize. The money seemed secondary, though, as the fair stage offered a showcase for Wayne County's talented youths.

Students performed in dance, vocal, instrumental and novelty categories, in groups or individually.

Anna Duvall, a fifth-grader at Greenwood Middle School, placed first in the instrumental solo division with a piece called "The Wild Horseman."

"Last year, I got second place," Anna said. "I was a little nervous, but not as much as the first time. I was really excited that I'd moved up a step."

The most diverse category was the novelty act division. Audience members were treated to original poems, tae kwon do, sign language, tumbling and gymnastics.

Robert Boyette, a fifth-grader at Carver Elementary, performed an original monologue as "Grandpa Fogey," who spoke of life in "the old days," with primitive toilets and government cheese.

"I thought it would be different, and it would be a good thing to do," Robert said after tying for first place. "I had a lot of help from my dad. He gave me the information, I just put all of that stuff into the monologue."

After Rosewood Elementary School students performed a dance from "Grease," Mrs. Barnes asked John Winslow to show her a few moves.