First Town Days talent show features vocals, instruments and comedy
NEW PHILADELPHIA — Bradyn Galloway, 16, of Dennison, won first place and a $75 prize for his performance of Green Day’s “Good Riddance” (Time of Your Life) in the 14-Year-Old Contest. more at the First Town Days Talent Show on Sunday afternoon.
He accompanied himself on the guitar while singing. He was also the 2019 winner.
“I always have a good time here,” he said. “All the competitors did a good job today.” Galloway laughed when asked how he decided to sing “Good Riddance.”
“It’s a good story,” he said. “It was the first song I learned to play on my guitar, so when my dad called me and asked me what I was going to play, that’s what I chose. entered the contest while on vacation in North Carolina.
Galloway said he hoped to start writing original music.
“I play for hours every day! Whenever I’m free, I pick up my guitar and start playing. I first learned by ear and then started taking lessons about seven years ago,” he said.
In second place, 16-year-old Belle Fockler from Dover won a $50 prize singing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”.
She noted that Marilyn Monroe is an icon for her, which is why she chose this song. She wore a “diamond” necklace, a bracelet and several rings for her performance. The Dover High School junior has appeared on over 25 shows.
Addie Steed, 16, from Dover, sang Lewis Capaldi’s ‘Tough’. She wrote about 25 of her own songs. She received $25.
Fourth place went to Macie McMillen, 14, of New Philadelphia. She sang “Rise” by Katy Perry. She received a Festival Plate 2021 as an award.
In the 13 and under group, the winners were: first, Jenna Festi and Arianna Immel, both aged 11, from Dover. They sang a duet on Tim McGraw’s “Humble”; second, 12-year-old Kevin Smith, who played banjo on “Live Forever”; and third, Lily and Penelope Endlich, ages 8 and 10, respectively, of New Philadelphia, performed a jazz and tumbling routine to the song “Lovely.” Those who placed in this group won cash prizes and trophies.
Smith said he was around 9 years old when he started playing the banjo.
“I thought the banjo sounded cool,” he said. He faced challenges while performing in front of a large crowd. “I was nervous and lost my pick halfway through the song and had to use my index finger.”
This is Smith’s first talent show. He said he would continue to train. He is a seventh grader from New Philadelphia.
An original performance that did not take place featured Cheyenne and Betty Millard, 11 and 9, performing a comedic routine featuring Parody the Parrot Puppet.
“I want to learn ventriloquism someday,” said Cheyenne, who placed second on the First Town Days Talent Show four years ago doing a similar act.
“I want to start my own number,” Betty added.
The girls made the audience laugh with jokes referring to birds such as Dove soap, Stork Market and firequacker.
Marc Davis of New Philadelphia hosted the show for its second year.
“I really think it’s the best talent show we’ve ever had, especially the 13 and under group,” he said. “Everyone was very good. I don’t know how the judges could choose the winners.
Davis was a regular talent show contestant for many years,
“See what happens when you stick around?” he joked. “They put you in charge.”
The judges were Michele Spring, Tiffany Mahaffey and Ed Kilpatrick. Spring co-hosts the WJER Morning Show alongside Ryan Pastircak. Mahaffey is a New Philadelphia City Schools teacher who was First Town Days Queen in 2008. Kilpatrick, of Ed’s Acoustic Thingy, is a longtime Tuscarawas County resident who has been part of the local music scene for his first appearance on stage at the age of 13.
Dover Hydraulics sponsored the event.