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Community Focus - Nelson County Fair Public Speaking and Talent Contests


  • July 31, 2013

The fourth annual Nelson County Fair Public Speaking and Talent Contests were held Thursday, July 11, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. at the Nelson County Civic Center in Bardstown, Kentucky. Prizes for this event were provided by the Nelson County Fair Board awarding passes to the 2013 Fair; the Nelson County Farm Bureau (NCFB) sponsoring over $900 in prizes; the Chapter FFA Club Advisors awarding certificates; and the Nelson County 4-H Extension awarding Champion, Reserve and Blue Ribbons.

Jan Ballard, President of the Bardstown Chamber of Commerce, was Master of Ceremony. Ballard introduced nine talent contestants and five public speakers.

Open show Talent Show $100 Winner was Erin Mattingly and $50 Runner-up was Layten Lyvers. NCFB Talent show winner was Layten Lyvers winning $100 and $50 Runner up was Ricky Helton. Open show and NCFB Female Public Speaker Winner was Payton Kathleen Carter winning $200 in cash awards. Runner-up in both categories was Rachel Young with combined winnings of $100. Open show and NCFB Male Public Speaker Winner was Kyle Schenck winning $200. Runner-up in both categories was Dean Hendricks with combined winnings of $100.

Next Nelson County High School Chapter FFA Advisor Jacob Ball and Thomas Nelson High School Chapter FFA Advisor Katie Chapman presented certificates to member contestants.

Following the FFA presentations Ballard announced the 4-H winners as Nelson County Extension 4-H Program Specialist Danielle Hutchins presented ribbons to the following 4-H club members: For Public Speaking, Champion went to Payton Carter and Reserve went to Rachel Young. For Talent, Champion went to Erin Mattingly and Reserve to Layton Lyvers. Participation ribbons went to Kyle Schenck, Dean Hendricks, Cade Mattingly, and Dan Mattingly.

The Nelson County Farm Bureau Outstanding Youth and Variety Show Contests were held with the help of NCFB Secretary Nancy Miller, Women’s Committee members Geraldine Flaugher, Jean Jury, Elaine Roche, Anita Schenck and Sarah Wheatley. A special note of gratitude goes to 4-H Extension Assistant Judy Creech for her behind-the-scenes help throughout the planning of these contests.

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. 

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