GNADENHUTTEN — Bradyn Galloway 14, of Dennison took first place and a prize of $100 at the Fireworks Festival Talent Show Friday night. He sang "Don’t Stop Believin’" while accompanying himself on the guitar.
Second place were Hanna and Sophia Stevenson, both 19. They are from Gnadenhutten and Akron respectively, and were awarded $75. Hanna played the keyboard while Sophia sang "Ho, Hey" by Lumineers. Third place, and the winner of $50, was Karlayna McDaniel, 12, of Gnadenhutten. She sang "American Honey," by Lady Antebellum.
Laney Barger, 16, and Peyton Barger, 13, both of Gnadenhutten, sang a medley of songs from Rodney Adkins, while playing the guitar and mandolin to get fourth place and Sami Krocker, 17, of Goshen, took fifth with her performance of "Second Chance" by Shinedown. Bethany Hans, 11, of Gnadenhutten, was awarded sixth place with her rap to the song, "Stranger Things, Season 1 Recap."
"We had ten contestants after all the downpour and everything else," said Festival Organizer Hope Johnson. "It was wonderful. We had a good variety and a good group of talent." Judges for the evening were Diane Robinson, of Port Washington, Audrey Hunn and Hayley Carpenter, both of Gnadenhutten. D.J. Hans provided music for the event. Tusc Family Dental sponsored the program.
Prior to the talent show, the Cutest Baby and Jr. Parade Marshal winners were announced. Jr. Parade Marshals were Kendell Redman, the son of Dan and Chelsea Kendell of Port Washington. Presley Doane, daughter of Jess and Josh Doane of Gnaden, also rode in the Grand Parade on a float. They each won a bicycle with the contest being sponsored by Koch Funeral Home. Cutest Baby winner was Blake Porter, of Gnadenhutten. He is the 5 1/2 month old son of Trey and Rikki Porter. Lincoln Schwartz, 2 months, was second place. He is the son of Steven and Lara Schwartz of New Philadelphia. The total collected in all cans, which were placed at the First Federal and Commercial & Savings Bank, was $1,642.88.
In spite of the occasional rain, Johnson feels the festival has gone well. " It’s really moving along. I was so happy with the queen’s contest." Johnson also credited the large crowd. "They really hung around and their support is greatly appreciated." she said.