Saturday was the Finale of the 55th edition of the Raphael Talent Search at the Dutchess County Fair. And, boy, did we have fun!
Forty acts took the stage in front of a great audience and our wonderful judges. How the judges ever make their decisions I'll never know--it can't be easy--ALL the performers were just outstanding!
About 2:00, winners were announced in all the different categories. Here are a couple of pictures. More can be seen on Raphael's Talent Search Facebook page.
A sincere and very big thank you to the Mark Family who have continued this Hudson Valley tradition started by Raphael Mark so many years ago. And thank you to all the contestants and their supporters who came out to be part of the fun. I must say, from my perspective, on and back-stage, one of the things that never fails to inspire me is the comaraderie and sincere support, enthusiasm and sometimes even actual assistance offered by these performers, young and not so young, to each other.
photos Raphael's Talent Search