After singing a rousing rendition of “This Is Amazing Grace” to a packed crowd, guitar-clad Maya Talarico of Elizabethtown remained victorious as she was crowned the winner of Farm Show’s Got Talent for the second year in a row.
Six young musicians competed for top honors, including blue ribbons for each division and the grand prize of a $2,000 scholarship sponsored by Barbizon Modeling and Acting. There were two performance categories – vocal and instrumental – and contestants were divided into three divisions based on age: Junior Division (ages 9-12), Intermediate Division (ages 13-15), and Senior Division (ages 16-19).
The judging panel for this year’s competition consisted of Jonathan Roth, president of Barbizon Modeling and Acting, and music educators Shana Casey and Kelly Myers. Competitors were scored for ability, originality, charisma, stage presence, and overall talent.
Half of the entries this year hail from the Horst family of Mohnton, Lancaster County. Jerlyn, Jerell, and Jordan Horst each performed an instrumental piece in their respective age groups. While the two older Horst brothers are Farm Show’s Got Talent veterans, this was 9-year-old Jordan’s debut on the Pennsylvania Farm Show stage.