Students showcase talents

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— For roughly 40 years, local children and high school students have been able to strut their stuff in the Kiwanis' "Stars of Tomorrow" talent contest.

This year is no different as the deadline approaches to sign up for the show.

"It's a nice show for kids to get up in front of people and perform," said Dan Ellison, who has been involved with the contest for several years. "What we are looking for is participation and trying to get kids to perform. It's just to get some exposure and get them to try it."

Every year, about 30 to 35 participants, from kindergarten students to seniors in high school, sing, dance or play a musical instrument in the contest.

"Generally, singing is probably the biggest thing. Piano, as well," Kiwanis Chairman Bob Hall said. "The parents seem to get as excited as the kids do."

The talent show is Feb. 10 at Steamboat Springs High School. The winners get medals and the top performer in the high school age group gets an all-expense-paid trip to the district contest, which is usually on the Front Range.

The district competition showcases all the winners from local talent shows in Colorado, Wyoming and part of Nebraska competing against each other.

"We have had at least two winners of the district show over the years," Ellison said.

The local show is more of a community event, Ellison said. It's to get the young people to perform and have fun.

The district competition is another story, he said. Contestants take it seriously.

Those wanting to participate should turn in applications to Hall by Monday. Applications are available from Hall at his RE/MAX office and from local music and dance teachers. Call 879-5100.

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