The 12 chosen to compete in the finals April 29 include the following: Jordan Garrett and Maggie Nave; Patrina Thomas; Stephanie Connell; Cross N Styles – Ronnie Wolford/Bobby Steelman; Ryan Jewel; Rena Kornreich; Campbell Family – Jason, Amber, Rhys, Drew; Kate and Tyler Seal; Melanie Miller; Michael Gremillion and accompanist, George Donovan; Charles Bailey, and Kara and the Wayfarers – Kara, Jason, Matthew Strosnider. In addition, Dennis Gregory, vocalist from the Best Voice in the Valley contest, will also compete.
Judges were Dr. James Laster, professor emeritus at Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University; Sara Gomez who has been acting and directing productions for 46 years in the area, and Mario Orsini, a professional illusionist who has performed since 2008.
This is the second year the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival has sponsored the talent show. Prizes awarded at the final event include first place, $5,000; second place, $1,500, and third place, $500.
For tickets for the finals, call the festival office, 135 N. Cameron St., Winchester, at 540-662-3863. Co-chairs of the event are Theresa Gaines and Kim Foltz.
Check out some photos from the semi-finals below, highlight video coming soon: