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Goergen wins first at Oregon State Fair

Jessica Goergen performs “Let ’Er Rip” by The Dixie Chicks at Curry County Fair July 5, which she also performed at the Oregon State Fair Sunday, Aug. 5.
The third time was the charm for Jessica Goergen of Brookings, who won the 2010 Oregon State Fair Talent Search in Salem.

The Labor Day weekend event was the third time Goergen competed at the state fair. Her first time at the competition, she ranked fourth place, an honorable mention, but not good enough for a prize. The next time she took the stage, she said, she didn’t even place.

“It was an amazing experience,” Goergen said of her competing at the state fair level.

This year she performed “Get ’Er Done” by The Dixie Chicks, which was the same song that won her the first-place title at the Curry County Fair Talent Show July 31.

Just as at the talent show in Gold Beach, Goergen threw her hat out into the audience, and once again the wind caught it.

“I thought I lost for sure when I tossed my cowboy hat at the audience, the wind caught it, and it sailed into the face of Miss Oregon,” who was one of the judges, Goergen said. But the judge took it in stride.

But after the 10-minute wait while the judges tallied the scores for the 44 competitors in three categories, Goergen was elated that she had won the adult division, which had 15 competitors.

“Winning was a huge boost for my self-confidence,” Goergen said. “I plan to put (the win) on my résumé, and I hope it opens a lot of doors.”

Goergen added that she thanks her family and friends for supporting her.

For her win, Goergen received $1,500 and a $250 gift card from the Oregon State Fair’s Talent Search sponsor, Uptown Music in Salem, said Sara Hamler-Dupras, Oregon State Fair entertainment coordinator.

Goergen began singing in her childhood, but it wasn’t until about the sixth grade that she began to sing publicly at Azalea Middle School.

During her freshman year at Brookings-Harbor High School, she was instrumental in creating her first band, Trademark 5150, which entertained at the school and competed at school talent contests.

Goergen is now a junior at Linfield College in McMinnville where she is working on a double major in music vocal performance and political science.

Also competing at the state fair were Brookings residents Shawntisha Bailey and Maya Primich.

Bailey, who competed in the youth division with 18 others, performed “Redeemer.” Primich sang “Our Song” by Taylor Swift in the children’s division. She was one of 10 competitors.

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