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Kane County talent contest winners to compete in Springfield

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Nicole DiSandro, 14, of Elburn, who won first place in the Junior Division of the 2012 Kane County Fair Talent contest, was the overall winner of the State of Illinois Association of Agricultural Fair talent contest last January. Submitted photo.

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Updated: February 7, 2013 6:22AM

The Kane County Fair Talent Contest first place winners Eric Luminais, 19, of Geneva, Senior Division, and Nicole DiSandro, 14, of Elburn, Junior Division, will compete on Jan. 19 at the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs Official Talent Contest State Competition in Springfield, IL.

Eric performed an unconventional and complicated flute solo entitled “Three Beats for Beatbox Flute, Beats 1 & 2”. Nicole performed a theatrical vocal solo, “Gimme Gimme” from “Thoroughly Modern Millie” that was very strong and entertaining.

Both Eric and Nicole received a $200 First Place prize at the Kane County Fair Talent Contest held July 16 as a “Pre-Fair Showcase” at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles. They will represent Kane County and will both compete in Springfield with the same performance.

According to Elizabeth McDevitt, chairman of the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs Talent Contest, “there will be 39 acts competing in the Senior Division and 38 acts in the Junior Division at the competition in January.” Ten acts will be recognized to win in each division. The top six in the Junior Division and also the Senior Division will receive a trophy, a monetary award and an invitation to perform at the 2013 Illinois State Fair . The remaining top four in each division will receive an Honorable Mention.

The Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs Official Talent Contest State Competition in Springfield began its tradition in the 1970s in conjunction with the Illinois State Agricultural Fairs annual convention.

“Locally, the Kane County Fair Talent Contest is open to a wide variety of talent and entertainment,” said Larry Rossi, RPM Creative Music, coordinator of the Talent Contest. “In 2012, we had over 38 acts perform in our auditions and 19 finalists who competed for prizes. The judges were highly impressed with the quality of talent in our community. We really look forward to next year’s contest based on the excitement we experienced this year.”

The contest is open to any person or group (school/organization) residing in Kane County. More details about the 2013 Kane County Fair Talent Contest auditions will be available soon. Auditions are usually held in June and the Kane County Fair will be held on July 17-21, 2013.

For more information and how to enter future contests please contact Larry Rossi at (847) 622-9935 or email:

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