Local youth show talent at Red Rock

An attempt to showcase local young talent in all mediums was the thought behind the Red Rock’s Got Talent show held Saturday.

“Every April, we recognize the visual arts through the high school,” said Red Rock director Sonya Fortune. “Why not have other arts being performed along with the visual arts?”

A total of $200 in prizes were awarded to those who placed in the pre-teen and teen divisions, with first- through fourth-place participants being recognized.

“We saw a lot of variety in the pre-teen division,” Fortune said. “We saw vocalists, dance, piano, even a taekwondo demonstration.”

Sign-ups were limited to 10 in each category.

“It was first come, first serve,” Fortune said. “We didn’t have tryouts or anything, and we accepted as many as we could take and we did have to turn some away.”

The event showcased not only Fairmont students, but also students from North Union, Estherville and Blue Earth.

“There really are a lot of talented youth in our area,” Fortune said. “In the teen division, the judges had a hard time selecting winners; they were down to tenths of a point. I think we really can say that Red Rock’s got talent.”

In the pre-teen division, the winner was Eric Head of Fairmont, who played piano. Second place went to Brandon Williams of Fairmont for his taekwondo routine. Vocalist Grace Steinberger of North Union was awarded third place and fourth place went to dancers Hailey Myers and Halie Pittman of Fairmont.

In the teen division, the duo of guitarist Carter Fellows and singer Antonio Johnson of Fairmont took first place.

Second place went to Lauren Moeller of Estherville, third went to Austin Becker of Fairmont, and fourth place went to Katherine Johnson of Estherville. All were vocalists.

Randy Yackle, who provided musical accompaniment for the vocalists, was proud to say nearly all the competitors in the teen category were his students.

“What they learn in the studio is just one part of it,” he said. “It’s really something when they take that and they come out and perform in front of people. It’s just special to me to see how far they’ve all come.”

Fortune hopes to make the talent show an annual event to showcase area youth.

“I’d love to see more involvement from the schools and other areas, because I know there’s more talent out there,” she said.