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Kandiyohi County Fair talent auditions set for Saturday

WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Fair talent contest auditions will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Kandiyohi Power cooperative Building, rural Spicer.

Pre-registration is required by calling Kathy Vruwink at 320-282-6128 or Gwen Krebsbach at 320-664-4863

The fair is looking for singers, musicians, dancers, comedians and entertainers of all ages for the 2009 talent contest. First place winners will advance to the state fair.

It is open to all amateur entertainers. Acts that have participated in the past may compete again with the exception of the first place winners in the Open Division. First place winners in the Pre-Teen Division and Teen Division must move up into the next division.

All contestants will be judged on quality of performance (talent), stage presence (use of stage, mic, eye contact, etc.), entertainment value (was the audience entertained, did they enjoy the act) and selection (did the selection fit the performer's ability to perform, was it appropriate for the performer/venue/audience). Five qualified judges have been secured to determine winners.

The time limit is 4 minutes. Points will be deducted for contestants going overtime. Musical groups and vocalists are allowed to perform a medley of tunes, provided it remains within the four-minute time limit.

A piano or keyboard will be provided, but contestants must secure their own accompanist. The fair board provides an excellent sound system. A sound technician is also provided. There will be no rehearsals the day of competition. Vocalists may use tape or CD accompaniment, however, absolutely no backup vocals will be allowed. Using taped backup vocals will result in immediate disqualification.

More information is available on the Web site

Photo contest winners announced

MORRIS -- The winners of the seventh annual Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance photo contest have been announced. The contest celebrates the amateur photographers in the region.

Amateur photographers submitted photos in five categories. Tracy Peper, a photographer from Glenwood, was the judge and chose the top three photographs in each category.

Melissa Peterson of Cyrus won the People's Choice Award, chosen by visitors to the PRCA.

All photographs will be on display until the end of July at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance in Morris.

Winners of the 2009 photo contest are:

Natural World: first, Fang Du, Morris; second, Rachel Coler, Hancock; third, Jean Johnson, Raymond

Future Generations: first, William Pelowski, Morris; second, Connie Burns, Morris; third, Shirley Weeding, Chokio

Wetlands: first, James Peterson, Cyrus; second, Hao Sun, Morris; third, Claudine Grove, Alexandria

Red: first, Ann Farwell, Alberta; second, Dani Laine, Cyrus; third, Evan Gregg, Excelsior

Global Community: first, Claudine Grove, Alexandria, second, Breana Hettver, Champlin; third, Anna Miller, Morris