By: Maisie Stout
The Jackson County Justice League 4-H club is hosting the “Jackson County Youth’s Got Talent” fundraiser for the second time in April. The JCYGT is a competition for our county’s youth to showcase their many talents. Everyone between the ages of 5 and 18 are welcome to show off their skills in dancing, singing, magic, comedy, juggling, and other unique hobbies. Celebrity judges are selected from officials and members of our county. Last year one judge was the Mayor of Ravenswood.
The fundraiser originally came from the Rocky Knob Rangers four years ago. It was the brain child of club leader Rita Douglas, who brought the fundraiser with her when she started the Justice League 4-H Club.
“We have great sponsors who help us give great prizes,” Douglas said.
Auditions will be held Saturday, February 24 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and again on Tuesday the 27th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Ripley Library meeting room. Acts will be judged to determine whether or not they will appear in the final show. Acts will be considered based on whether they maintain the ideals of 4-H, are original, and on the presentation and showmanship of the individual. During the actual contest, acts will be judged based not only on the aforementioned factors, but on the audience’s reception to the act itself as well.
There are cash prizes for the top three performers and an audience choice. Acts last year consisted of singing, banjo playing, basketball skills, group dancing, and many more. The grand prize winner was Ellie Hosaflook, who won by doing a basketball routine that blew the crowd away.
“Ellie’s performance was interesting because it was different than the rest. She did more than sing or dance, which I thought was cool,” Joely Good, a member of the Justice League club, said.
The proceeds from the show will go to helping members of the Jackson County Justice League pay their 4-H camp dues. Last year there was a good turnout of youth wanting to showcase their talent, but this year could be so much better.
“We only had 11 acts last year, so this year we are hoping for 20. We need to get the word out so that we can have more acts,” Douglas said.
Community members are also encouraged to come watch the show. The audience is usually parents and friends, and even though there are usually a lot of them, support from the community would be greatly appreciated by performers and by members of the club.