Local rock trio, ballet dancer among winners of Oakboro Fourth of July talent show

Published 2:28 pm Monday, July 3, 2023

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The festivities of the 65th annual Oakboro Fourth of July continued Saturday night with the annual local talent competition.

Two divisions, youth (16 years old and under) and adult (17 years old and up) competed to finish in the top three.

Judges for the event were Lisa Ewers from the Stanly County Chorale, Stanly County Concert Band and the Uwharrie Players, Lori Hatley from Albemarle Music Store and Ronnie Black, owner of RBC Music Store in Locust.

Abigail Curlee, daughter of two-time talent show winner Dustin Curlee, won first place in the youth division for her lyrical ballet performance.

Second place went to Cole Melton for his performance of Jamey Johnson’s 2008 hit, “In Color,” while third was awarded to the Edenfield Sisters, Chelsea and Courtney, for a guitar and vocal performance of “In Everything Give Thanks.”

First place in the adult division went to the trio of Xander Cook, Camden Kahl and Riley Cook, for their rendition of “Voodoo Child” by Jimi Hendrix.

Chad Thomas Powell won second place for an original song, “A Guitar Will Float,” while third place was awarded to Ethan Wallace for his original song, “Make You Mine.”

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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