Talent show draws in big crowd

The third annual talent show proved to be a huge success for the third consecutive year, organizers said, drawing a crowd of more than 200 people who watched 29 acts during the Summer Moon Festival in downtown Wapakoneta Saturday.

Winners are not named in the contest, as it is just a chance for talented children between the ages of 8 to 18 to showcase their abilities.

“They were all very good,” Connie Krites, co-chair of the event, said.

The event is sponsored by the Wapakoneta Noon Optimists.

Acts included everything from interpretive dance, choreographed dance, cheerleading, singing, and playing instruments, just to name a few of the talents that some of the kids performed.

Fifteen-year-old Rachel Green played the piano and sung the song “Bubbly.” Green chose the song after a recommendation from her father. Green comes from a musical family where everyone can sing or play an instrument.

“I chose it because dad said it compliments my voice,” Green said.

Approximately 230 people attended the event to watch the kids perform.

“I believe the crowd was a little bit larger than it was last year,” Krites said. “We are very pleased. The word is getting out.”

It was the third year the Noon Optimists have sponsored the event.

Each participant received a Noon Optimists backpack with gifts from local businesses. Also included in the backpacks were a water bottle, pens and pencils, a squirt gun, candy, and different coupons for vendors at the festival.

While traffic seemed down slightly, the annual One Small Step Charity Shoe Auction still was a success during this year’s Summer Moon Festival at the Riverside Art Center

About 70 items were donated to the event, with each piece of artwork done in all different manners. The focal point of each piece was a shoe. The majority of the items were done by art center members, but a few community members and contestants from the Miss Summer Moon Festival pageant also donated items to the event.

Approximately $250 was raised by the event.

Fifty percent of the proceeds go to the art center for operating and general expenses,” said Carrie Knoch, co-chair of the event. The other 50 percent goes to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Knoch said attendance seemed down slightly, but that the amount of money raise was “about what we expected.”

“Our main focus is to just get people in the art center,” Knoch said. “We like to have people come in and look around and see what we are about and what is offered.”