2016 Nelson County Fair public speaking and talent contest results

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The seventh annual Nelson County Fair Public Speaking and Talent Contests  were held Saturday, July 9, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the Nelson County Fair Pavilion in Bardstown Kentucky.  The Nelson County Farm Bureau (NCFB) Women's Committee organized the contests. NCFB  sponsored over $900 in prizes along with awarding each participant a one day pass to the Nelson County Fair scheduled for the following week July 18th through the 23rd. 


The Nelson County Fair Board awarded a full weeks pass to the 2016 Fair to the two open show winners of the Talent and Public Speaking contests. Chapter FFA Clubs and Nelson County Extension 4-H also recognized their participants. 

Sylvia Horlander, Reporter for WBRT Radio Station, was Master of Ceremony.  With a packed pavilion Horlander introduced six talent acts which completed in their various mediums for five minutes.  She introduced eleven public speakers who spoke two minutes about anything agriculture related. 

Winners of the Talent Contest - Open show: 1st place $100 - Trace Smathers, 2nd place $50 - Alexis Raiser.  NCFB member winners:  1st place $100 - Alexis Raiser, 2nd place $50 - Benjamin Williams.

Winners of the Public Speaking Contests - Open show:  1st place $100 - Izzy Neel, 2nd place $50 - Martin Williams.   NCFB member winners:  1st place Male Category - $100 Martin Williams, 2nd place Male Category $50 - Caleb Enlow.  1st place Female Category $100 - Savanna Hill. 

Talent contest 4-H member Champion winner was Trace Smathers and Reserve went to Alexis Raisor.  Public speaking 4-H member Champion winner was Martin Williams and Reserve went to Caleb Enlow.   County FFA 1st place winner was Martin Williams with 2nd place FFA winner was Savanna Hill.

Other participants in the Talent Contest were Scarletteann Williams, Sarah Hall, and group "Faith Elements Dance" members - Nevaeh Doyle, Leah McIntosh, McKenzie Holcomb and Summer Primeaux.  Other participants of the Public Speaking Contest were Kayla Smathers, Garrett Hall, Haley McClain, Katye Berry, Selena Allen, Jasdon Cambrel, and Katie Allen.

NCFB winners Alex Raisor, Savannah Hill, and Martin Williams  will advance to Kentucky Farm Bureau Fifth District Contest held October 27, 2016 at the Anderson County High School where they will compete against eleven county winners for the 5th District award.  From there the winner will advance to the Kentucky Farm Bureau State Contest and Show at the Galt House in December. 

The purpose of the talent contest is to recognize young people and give them an opportunity to perform before audiences to gain valuable experience in the talent and entertainment field.  The purpose of the speaking contests is to promote youth involvement in county activities and to recognize leadership, achievements and awards in their schools and communities.