There were only a few empty seats in front of the
Lincoln Stage as family and friends gathered to cheer on their loved
In the Junior division Ralph Walker Allen from Mount Pulaski took to
the stage to perform “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me).”
Allen impressed the audience as he played guitar,
kept beat with a bass drum, and sang. He is a self-taught musician
who enjoys listening to Christian worship artists including
NeedtoBreathe and Ben Rector. Allen, also, enjoys playing baseball
and basketball, and raising Milking Shorthorn Cattle. He will
represent Logan County at the Illinois County Fair Talent
Competition in January.
After Allen’s performance, Rayden and Francesca
Cordell took to the stage to sing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”
Almost 4 years old, this was the twins first time on the stage and
they needed a little encouragement from the audience to perform.
When not singing, the girls like to dance, swim, and keep everyone
Baylee Baker, a Senior at Hartsburg-Emden High School, has graced
the Lincoln Stage at the Logan County Fair before.
This year her performance of “Hallelujah,” written by
Canadian singer Leonard Cohen, landed Baker first-place in the
Senior division. Baker signed the words while singing. She, too,
will represent Logan County at the Illinois County Fair Talent
Competition in January. Baylee enjoys swimming, working, and sign
language. Her plans for the future include becoming an interpreter
in American Sign Language.
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Competitors were judged on costume, audience appeal, stage presence,
and ability for a possible score of 50 points. The judges this year
were Cheryl Baker, Laurie Hill and Seth Goodman.