Kellie Lawson, Fanaka Ndege and Gianna Arthur got the top awards in the Sherburne County Fair Talent Contest on Saturday, while Morgan Bianchi earned second- and third-place finishes for dancing.
The Open Division winner was Lawless, 17, of Cannon Falls, singing “Don’t Put Dirt on Me Yet,” a Hayden Penettiere song. She said she chose this song in part because “a girl from my home town wrote it, Kaitlin Smith.”
Placing second was the tap-dancing duo of Bianchi and Taylor Byars, both of Elk River, members of Showcase Dance Studio. The performed to the music of “Beat It.”
The other two awards went to Joey Booker, 20, of Mankato, who played guitar and sang an Ed Sheeran song, and Michael Sherwood, 18, of Big Lake, who played a Pink Floyd classic rock tune on a guitar he said he made himself when he was 14.
Ndege, 19, of Elk River, won the Teen Division with Ndege, 19, of Elk River, won the Teen Division with a song-and-dance act he describes as a combo of “beat boxing and dancing” that will “shake ‘yo booty” as stated in one of the songs. The former Elk track-and-field standout was a county fair and state fair champion in 2012
Placing second was Derrick Hollerman, 18, of Brooklyn Park, with a guitar solo, “The Stumble,” a Freddy King blues number. Placing third was Bianchi with a clogging performance.
The Pre-Teen winner was Gianna Arthur, 11, of Watertown, singing an Etta James standard from the 60’s, “Something’s Got a Hold on Me.” Second was Madeline Beckwith (hometown not given) with a violin performance, and third was Gabrielle Welch, 9, of Elk River, who sang.