Saturday, September 20, 2014

Got talent? Countywide contest returning to stage Saturday

By CLINTON DICK, Herald Staff Writer | 1/8/2014

The search for the most talented person in Franklin County is back.

Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County is playing host to “Franklin County’s Got Talent” 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Ottawa Municipal Auditorium, 301 S. Hickory St., Ottawa. The event has been on hiatus since 2011, Sandy Brown Payne, chairperson of the resource development committee for Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County, said.

The search for the most talented person in Franklin County is back.

Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County is playing host to “Franklin County’s Got Talent” 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Ottawa Municipal Auditorium, 301 S. Hickory St., Ottawa. The event has been on hiatus since 2011, Sandy Brown Payne, chairperson of the resource development committee for Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County, said.

“2011 was the last time it was done, and it was called ‘Ottawa’s Got Talent,”’ Payne said. “We are trying to be inclusive of the whole county.”

The show is shaping up to include several talents from across the county, she said. About 15 performers are planned with no room left to sign up, Payne said.

“We’ve got a duet from Central Heights and a punk band from Ottawa,” she said. “Alyssa Conner, [Ottawa], will perform. She got through some rounds of ‘The X Factor’ auditions. Jenna Moore, [Pomona], was the winner two years ago and is working on a CD. She will be performing while the votes are being tallied.”

The ages of the talent show performers range from 10 to about 60 and will perform everything from pop to country to punk to classical, Payne said.

Admission to the show is free and the prizes for the competitors are $250 for first place, $150 for second place and $100 for third place. The winners are determined by two factors: the judges’ vote totals and the amount of money raised after their performances, Payne said.

“After all the participants have performed, they will stand on the outside of the auditorium and people can walk by, chat and drop money into their buckets,” she said. “Debit cards and monthly pledges will be accepted as well.”

Payne said the organization still is looking for more prize money donors and that the Over The Road Gang car club is the biggest sponsor thus far for the prizes.

The proceeds from the event go to Habit for Humanity of Franklin County, she said, and several members of a Habitat committee will be helping put on the event.

“There is a whole committee that is helping out with this,” Payne said. “We are calling ourselves the Apostles’ Build Coalition. It is a Habitat committee that is trying to get the churches involved. It is one of the things we are doing.”

A silent auction after the show at the auditorium also is in the works, Payne said, with contestants, as well as others interested, entering art pieces for the fundraiser.

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