Taste of Talent competition heading into final concerts

From staff reports

The Franklin Fine Arts Council’s annual Taste of Talent vocal competition will wrap up with three concerts next week in Bandstand Park.

The performances will start with performances at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3. The date was added to replace Wednesday’s rained-out concert.

The eight remaining contestants — Christian Agnew of Oil City, Kaleb Beichner of Shippenville, Iris Callahan of Vowinckel, Tim Craver of Franklin, Ruth Herrick of Greenville, Shanay Jackson of Oil City, Alexander Karg of Oil City and Madison Wakefield of Titusville – will each perform one song on Wednesday.

The audience will then vote for their favorite contestants, and one contestant will be eliminated, allowing the remaining seven to progress to the semifinals, which will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6.

The top four contestants will each then sing two songs in the finals at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.

The champion will be crowned at the conclusion of those performances and one by a special guest.

The Taste of Talent winner will receive $1,000, sponsored by the Franklin-Oil Region Credit Union.

Prizes valued at $200 ($100 cash and a $100 gift certificate) will be awarded to the other three semifinalists through sponsorships by Jake and Nancy Lindsey, the Franklin Retail Association, and Kendzior Orthodontics.

Franklin Marketing and Events coordinator Ronnie Beith thanked Reji Exley of Oil City and Maisa Burns of Titusville, who have been eliminated, and the rest of the contestants “for sharing their talents with us.”

Food vendors will be set up in and around the park prior to and during each Taste of Talent concert.

Beith noted that the final performances typically fill the park, so she encouraged fans to “bring a chair and come down early.”

The audience may follow along with this year’s competition by searching or posting the hashtags #TasteofTalent and #TasteofTalent22 on social media.


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