|BROOKINGS GIRLS COMPETE IN OREGON STATE FAIR SUNDAY|
|August 29, 2008 11:00 pm|
By Kurt Madar
Pilot staff writer
Four performers from Brookings and Gold Beach will be competing at the Oregon State Fair talent show this Sunday in Salem.
All four earned first place honors at the Curry County Fair Talent Round-up in Gold Beach in July.
Eight-year-old Shawntisha Bailey won first in the younger than 10 category, and 10-year-old Erika Doyle won the youth division. Both are from Brookings.
Tim and Dylan Vila, of Gold Beach, won the 18 and older category.
"I wasn't nervous," Shawntisha said. "I'm used to singing in front of crowds, I've been singing all my life."
Shawntisha will be the first person in the new category of children younger than 10 to represent Curry County at the state fair.
Shawntisha won a trophy and $300 in cash for her rendition of the song "Come to Jesus."
It was a lot of fun," Shawntisha said. "I really get into the song when I sing."
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For first place in the youth category Doyle sang "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," winning $500 cash and a trophy.
I felt like my stomach was going to explode," Doyle said. "But I just kept repeating the words until it was my turn."
Doyle, who takes singing lessons but doesn't sing in any choirs, practiced everyday for a couple of months.
"Erika has been singing ever since she could talk," said Doyle's mother Danielle. "We are so proud. It' s such a good experience for kids to get up there and do what they love."
Danielle does a little singing herself.
"I love to do a little Karoake," Danielle laughed.
Tim and Dylan Vila also won $500 and a trophy for their eclectic performance: juggling acrobatics and magic in costume to the music of "Thirteen Strings."
The title of their act is "Room XIII: The Danger Men."
"I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the money I won," Shawntisha said.
According to her father, Mark Bailey, Shawntisha has never had any voice training or sung in choirs.
"She just sings," Mark said. "She listens to music and then goes with it. We're really proud of her."
As first place winners in their county fair categories, all three acts are eligible to compete in Salem at the state fair on Sunday. The competition runs from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The judges at the state fair will be giving each contestant a score of 1 to 10 in three categories appearance, stage presence and talent.
The state fair's first place talent show winner will walk away with $1,500. Second place wins $650 and third place, $300.
Both Bailey and Doyle are excited and nervous about their upcoming performances at the state fair.
"I'm nervous," Doyle said. "But I know it's going to be a good experience for me."