We had perfect weather and a terrific audience on hand to enjoy the final day of Raphael's Talent Search 2018 at the Dutchess County Fair. Forty acts performed, followed by the Awards Ceremony. There are a lot more photos of the winners and other performers, as well as some behind-the-scenes pictures on the Raphael's Talent Search Facebook page, which you can check here. I'm posting just a few.
Congratulations to Ashley Jones, winner of the first Betsy Mark Award of Excellence!
Backstage with Joy's Vocal Stars just before they took the stage to perform their award-winning Jersey Boys medley.
Here's another award winner--Franklin Davis, a tap dancing enthusiast. (Charlotte and I are thinking about tap dancing lessons now--good exercise I think, to say nothing of the sheer fun!).
And here's Matt playing his electric guitar. Matt won two ribbons on Saturday!
For a complete list of winners, check the Facebook page linked above.
I hope everyone enjoyed the wonderful (173rd!) Dutchess County Fair. Thank you to the Mark Family for their selfless dedication and the countless hours they spend keeping this wonderful Hudson Valley tradition alive. And thank you for inviting me back to emcee. I hope to see you all next year for the 55th!!! edition of Raphael's Talent Search.
photos the Mark Family and Joe Daily's Scrapbook