This year, for the 50th time, students from across Adams County will showcase their talents with cash prizes.

The Cashtown Lions Club 2011 talent show will take place on April 9 at 7pm in the auditorium of Franklin Township Elementary School.

Tickets cost $ 2 for adults and $ 1 for students.

According to event organizer Gary Rebert, the competition is divided into non-professional students in Adams County from two groups, grades 1-6 and grades 7-12.

The auditions took place on March 25, and the final rehearsal is scheduled for the day before the event, April 8.

“You would be amazed at the amount of talent you see on these shows,” – Rebert. “Over the years we’ve had a few students who just came in, made you say ‘wow.'”

Cash prizes are available, but Rebert said he believes one of the reasons the acts are supreme is the ability to brag.

“Kids love competitions,” he said. “It’s natural for them at this age, when they compete with friends and peers, to want to do their best.”

Prizes in the two age groups are the same.

Winners from first to fourth place will receive $ 200, $ 100, $ 60 and $ 40 respectively.

This year is special for the Lions Club, as it is the 50th time they have organized a show for the community.

Rebert said he appealed to the former winners in the hope that they would be able to return to the event and perhaps even recreate their performances from the past.

“Their schedules are sometimes hard to reconcile, so I’m not sure part of that will work, but we’d like to see as many of them as possible, and we’ve taken some other steps to celebrate the anniversary,” Rebert said.

One is special guest presenter Fred Snyder, presenter of Nook’s Daily Breakfast at Fox Sports 1320.

For Rebert, one of the most exciting parts of the event is that students took first place a year or two before that to try to get to the next level.

“They love a challenge,” Rebert said. “Students are allowed to return from one year to the next, and although they may have finished third last year, they work very hard and come up with something spectacular to try to win this time. We have seen again and again how students start this talent show at a young age and make their way until they get older. ”

The spirit of the competition is special, but Rebert knows this is not the real reason that the talent show has existed and succeeded for 50 years.

“It gives students in this field a place to showcase their talents,” Rebert said. “This is the most important thing in this. And the community knows it, because it fills the house almost every time. “

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