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‘Ag’s Got Talent’ winners named

Posted: Thursday, Jan 30th, 2014

“Ag’s Got Talent” talent show winner Emily Baltzer holds her $1,000 check. Baltzer played Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, III. “Allegro ma non troppo” by Beethoven. In the next photo, Andrew Gross, left, receives his award for second place from Miss S.D. State Fair Jade Possail. Gross played piano and sang “So Sick” by Neyo.

HURON — The annual Agriculture Appreciation Banquet opened this year with local talent featured in its “Ag’s Got Talent,” an abundance of food and about 500 in attendance.

Agricultural Scholarship winners that were recognized in the opening ceremonies included Morgan Schultz, the daughter of Mark and Rhonda Schultz of Tulare, Donald Decker, the son of Steven and Beth Decker of Frankfort and Landon Bushong, the son of Todd and Ann Bushong of Tulare.

The talent show consisted of 10 contestants with acts from comedy and ventroliquism to an original song, guitar solos and a classical piano piece by Beethoven.

The first performer of the night, Marissa Marshall, a basketball coach at Hitchcock-Tulare, sang “Blue” by LeAnn Rimes. She was followed by farmer Brandon Wipf singing “Danny Boy” by Frederic Weatherly, college student Andrew Gross singing and playing piano, “So Sick” by Neyo, Rachel Smith and Lauren Kattner performing an acoustic duet, “Breakeven” by The Script, 13 year old Lily Breems, singing an original and playing the guitar, “Take Me Home,” college student Emily Baltzer performing “Allegro ma non troppo” by Ludwig van Beethoven on classical piano, orchestra instructer, Hans Peterson, singing and playing the guitar, “Christmas in the Trenches,” by John McCutcheon, Ryan James Burket performing comedy bits by Tim Hawkins, farmer Alex Waldner singing “Three Wooden Crosses” by Randy Travis and ventriloquist Branden Burket performing original ventriloquism and comedy.

However, due to some complications, the last two performances were not included in the judging. Taking third place was Brandon Wipf, with Andrew Gross taking second place.

Emily Baltzer stole the show with her piano sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, III. “Allegro ma non troppo” by Ludwig van Beethoven, winning the grand prize of $1,000.

“I’ve been playing since second grade. This is actually a piece of what I will be performing for my college recital,” said Baltzer, who would like to one day get her master’s degree in piano. She is currently teaching piano and is working toward a career in teaching and performing.

The audience also had a few comments on the performances.

“It was good clean entertainment for the farmers and ag workers,” said attendant Stanley Wollman of Huron Custom Meats. “We could see the gifts God put in His people come out of them.”

The talent show’s judges included Leo Jensen of Jensen Livestock Inc. and the Chamber Ag Committee — Milo Pietz, retired from the Huron School District, Jade Possail, Miss South Dakota State Fair and Amanda Bragg of South Dakota Wheat Growers.

The night concluded with a drawing for each table’s centerpiece.

For the complete article see the 01-29-2014 issue.

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