Coca Cola Talent Show Returns to Daviess County Lions Club Fair

We know America’s Got Talent, right? We also know that there is a lot of young talent here in Western Kentucky, and this summer that talent will be on full display. The Coca Cola Talent Show, an annual tradition here in Owensboro and statewide, returns to the Daviess County Lions Club Fair after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Coca Cola Talent competition has two different age groups: it is open to children aged 6 to 12 and older contestants aged 13 to 21. The top three acts in the 13-21 division will qualify for the Kentucky State Fair in August. There they will have the opportunity to participate in the Kentucky State Fair Talent Classic.

In 2017, Jada Prater, who finished in the local Top 3, went to the State Fair and won 3rd place overall.

LeAnne Musick Caselden

LeAnne Musick Caselden

This classic has given us some great winners. Past champions include Ross Lekites, who won the crown and fulfilled his dream of performing on Broadway.

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John Lamparski/Getty Images

I had the opportunity to see Ross a few years ago when he was with Naughty boots.

And Tara Estes, from here in Owensboro, is also a former champion.

Tara Noel Estes

Tara Noel Estes

Tara says, “To date, (cheesy as it sounds), the State Fair is my proudest moment in this ‘competitive’ phase of my singing life. When they announced my name, it was the first time I cried winning a competition.”

Tara and her husband recently purged things from their house and came across a box of trophies and plaques. Tara told Travis they could take anything EXCEPT her Kentucky State Fair prize!

Tara is well known for her work at Goldie’s Best Little Opryhouse in Kentucky where she mastered impersonations of Dolly Parton and other entertainment legends.

According to Latasha Shemwell, who is the local director of Coca Cola Talent, all kinds of talent is welcome, from singing and dancing to acting, magic, hoops and more.

Anyone interested in competing please email Latasha at shemwelllatasha@gmail.com. Registration materials are available on the Daviess County Lions Club Fair website. To print the official application, CLICK HERE! The registration fee is only $25 per participant.

The 2022 Coca Cola Talent Classic is scheduled for Saturday, July 23 at the Daviess County Lions Club Fairgrounds inside Bittel Hall.

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