Local talent contest to be featured at Pasco County Fair
DADE CITY - Soloists and seven groups will compete for cash prizes and trophies at the Showcase of Talent at 6 p.m. Monday. The Showcase of Talent is held in conjunction with the Pasco County Fair and will be at Dan Cannon Auditorium on the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. It is free with gate admission to the fair. Gate admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 through 12. Parking is free. Group I has eight contestants ranging in age from 7 to 11. They are Maggie Groomes, 7, of Land O' Lakes, vocal; Allison Crump, 10, of San Antonio, acrobatic dance; Bernadette Richter, 10, of Dade City, dance; Morgan Hemphill, 7, of Dade City, vocal; Gracie Scaglione, 10, of Zephyrhills, dance; Katie Knight, 9, of Zephyrhills, vocal; Julianna Mazza, 11, of Dade City, acrobatic dance; and Blaise Ryndes, 11, of Land O' Lakes, magic and bubble entertainment. Group II has nine contestants, all age 12. They are Christina Shudra, of Wesley Chapel, dance; Brianna Duncan, of Dade City, jazz dance; Jessie Hart, of Dade City, acrobatic dance; Hannah Knight, of Dade City, dance; Madison Kaylor, of Dade City, dance; Chase Hemphill, vocal; Maitlin Hart, of Land O' Lakes, vocal; Mina Scaglione, of Zephyrhills, dance; and Carson Rio, of Dade City, acrobatic dance.Group III has seven contestants ages 13 and 14. They are Katie Cicanese, 13, of Dade City, vocal; Victoria Neukom, 13, of Zephyrhills, acrobatic dance; Courtney Graham, 13, of Dade City, musical theater; Kiersten Herman, 13, of Wesley Chapel, vocal; Kristin Shaffer, 13, of Land O' Lakes, vocal; Molly Bentley, 13, of Dade City, en pointe ballet; and Rosie Fields, 14, of Dade City, dance. Group IV has six contestants ranging in age from 15 to 18. They are Jordan Lamar, 15, of Dade City, lyrical dance; Katie Ruffell, 16, of Zephyrhills, en pointe ballet; Jordan Allison, 15, of Dade City, dance; Shelby Martin, 18, of Dade City, musical theater; Amanda Wilcher, 18, of Dade City, vocal; and Matthew Baker, 16, of Brooksville, vocal with guitar. Group V has three contestants ranging in age from 20 to 75. They are Charlotte Lynn, 20, of Dade City, violin; Johnny Ellis, 75, of Zephyrhills, vocal; and Corrine VanStralen, 20, of Hudson, vocal. Group VI is the group competition and has seven groups. They are: The Showcase of Talent is sponsored by U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis. The winners in each group will receive $100 plus a trophy. A runner-up in each group will receive a trophy. The Pasco County Fair will run Monday through Feb. 24 at the fairgrounds. For details, call the fair office, (352) 567-6678, or see www.pascocountyfair.com.