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Hopkinton to host annual talent contest Friday night

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HOPKINTON - The 12th annual Hopkinton Summer Festival will kick off Friday night with the town’s third talent contest and coordinators are expecting a diverse group of performances.

“We’ve had anywhere from ages five on up to 60,” Town Supervisor Susan Wood said. “We had over 20 participants last year. We’re hoping to get about the same this year.”

“We have a good variety. We have people doing anything from karaoke to break dancing. Last year we had someone playing the banjo, tambourine and harmonica while also singing. We have a good group of people come out,” coordinator Sheri Wilson added.

Friday’s event begins at 7 p.m. at Hopkinton Park.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in each age category. The divisions are broken down into the following categories: 12 and under, 13 to 17, and 18 and up.

First place will garner $75, second place will get $50 and third place will win $25.

“We have three judges from the local area. They judge on the performance, the audience reaction and the difficulty of the piece,” Ms. Wood said. “Usually about three minutes (the acts) go, depending on the length of the song or something.”

DJ Wendy Crump will be providing music during the event.

Last year’s competition included singers, guitarists, violinists and gymnastic acts among others, according to Ms. Wood.

One of the performances on this year’s schedule is a group that will take part in a folk dance routine called clogging.

“It’s fun because it’s a wide range of people. It’s not just the young kids, teenagers and it includes adults as well,” Ms. Wilson said. “Right now we’ve had quite a few people sign up. Many are singing either by themselves or in a group. We also get many people who sign up on the day of the event, so we are always in for some surprises.”

Those looking for information about Friday’s talent contest may contact Ms. Wood at 315-328-4321 or Ms. Wilson at 315-212-6031.

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