The Barron Area Community Center was a showcase for young talent Saturday evening, Jan. 19, 2019, as the community hosted the annual Barron County Talent Show.

The event was truly a gathering of talent from all over the area, as awards were won by musicians, actors, singers and others, not only from Barron, but also representing the school districts of Chetek-Weyerhaeuser, Turtle Lake, Cameron and Prairie Farm.

Barron teachers Haylee Lytle (instrumental music) and Jocelyn Dietsche (vocal music) helped to organize the event and invite talent as recommended by their colleagues from other school districts.

Individual award winners included: Grand Prize Winner: Ashton Blick, Vocalist and Guitar player- Barron High School.

In all, there were 18 acts for the evening. Individual winners included:

People’s Choice Award: Brandon Groskopf, Elf Skit-Cameron High School.

Grades 10-12: first, Justin Whiting, Original Piano Composition- Barron High School; second Korinne Hazelton, Vocalist- Turtle Lake High School.

Grades 7-9: first, Marissa Zelek, Vocalist and Guitar player- Chetek-Weyerhauser High School; second, Destiny Lewis, Vocalist- Riverview Middle School.

Grades K-6: first, Nathan Boesl, Actor and Vocalist-Prairie Farm Middle School; second, a tie between Collin Duncan, Recorder Solo and Rankin Matthews, Magician-Woodland Elementary.

“We had a great turn-out with another full house,” Dietsche said.

A number of volunteers – young and old – helped the evening to move along smoothly and make it a success, she added.

Andrew Smith and Eli Metcalf were masters of ceremony, introducing the evening’s events and keeping things going.

Lights were run by Ryan Leistikow, Reda Stokes and Delaney Willers.

Norm Yamada set up the sound system, which was operated by Taylor Lytle and Patrick Pederson.

Concessions were headed up by Hallie Jerome, Sydney Frandsen, Sawyer Blick and Tori Livingston.

Phoebe Jerome took photos for the evening.

“This was a true community effort,” Dietsche said. “We are so thankful for every student, community member and business who donated time and/or funds to make the evening possible.

“It is such a bright spot to have communities from all over Barron County and beyond coming together to compete and share in the arts,” she added. “New friendships were formed among students and I am sure we will see many performers back next year and on other stages around the area in the future.”