Family and friends showed up to support the various performers this year, who were all trying to woo the four judges into awarding them the first place prize in their category.
The Siskiyou Golden Fair opened to the public on Wednesday, Aug. 7 to a large crowd enjoying cotton candy, corn dogs, the animal exhibits, and the annual Buffalo Broadcasting Talent Show, hosted by Susana Fox and Kevin Sponsler.
Family and friends showed up to support the various performers this year, who were all trying to woo the four judges into awarding them the first place prize in their category. There were three groups of participants, including the children’s category, ages 5 to 9; youth ages 10 to 17; and adults ages 18 and over. J.J. Lewis-Nichols, Laura Flett, Noelle Gulrich-Hanley, and Corinna Soule were the judges the acts were trying to impress, and all are familiar and know about the stress that comes along with a live performance.
The first to perform were the children’s acts, which included a dance by Brythe Whirl, a musical performance by Silas Hall, and a group dance by Ryliie Mowery, Mayce Mowery, Saybellee Kincade, Abby Maynor and Layla Brown. Third place winner Brythe Whirl, age 7, performed a new age, ballet inspired dance to “Come Here,” by Lily Hayden. She included twirls, gymnastics, and traditional dance styles. The group dance by Ryliie, Mayce, Saybellee, Abby and Layla was to the classic Nancy Sinatra hit “These Boots are Made for Walking,” and thats just what they did to earn them the second place spot. First place winner was 8 year old Silas Hall, who performed a ukulele rendition of Train’s “Hey Soul Sister.”
The Youth category had three musically inclined youngsters who played and sang their hearts out. Malachi Dunn, third place winner, performed a ukulele rendition of “I’ll Be There For You,” by The Rembrandts. He was a bit hesitant to perform the song, which he stated he had only practiced for about a month or two. Audience members who recognized the song weren’t hesitant to clap along. Second place winners were a group of kids who knew how to rock well, but were still coming up with a name. This group included Lillian Johnston, Ben Horwitt, Sam Horwitt, and Aidan Issoglio. They performed the classic Motley Crue hit “Home Sweet Home,” which garnered a lot of support from the rock n’ roll fans in the audience. The first place winner was 11 year old Ethan Knechtle, who sang the Journey hit “Don’t Stop Believing,” with an air guitar accompaniment. Knechtle had quite the vocal range for an 11 year old.
There were six out of seven performers for the adult category. There was a piano/singing performance by Phillip Regman, an original song performance by Uta Mann, and a spoken word/rap style performance by “Basketball Bob.” The top three performers were Heaven Baker, Isys Whirl and Gabriel Ambris. Gabriel Ambris, who placed third, sang his original song “Life These Days,” and played the guitar. He was one of the crowd favorites, with audience members giving him a standing ovation. The second place winner, Isys Whirl, performed a ballet inspired interpretive dance to “Anything Tonight,” by Lily Hayden. The first place winner was vocalist Heaven Baker, who performed an acapella, operatic style solo of the song “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel.” As the first place winner, Heaven was invited to perform on the main stage in front of Saturday’s crowd.