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Top talents compete for $200 Saturday at Park
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Bill Davis

Park Theater is going to have local talent on display this Saturday night when the Homeless of McMinnville Effort holds its inaugural Warren County’s Got Talent competition.

The talented lineup will be competing for a $200 prize provided by HOME.

“We are totally excited about this,” said Chad Cagle, head of ministry with HOME. “We have had some really good acts come through. We’re also excited to get HOME’s name out there and let the community know we’re here and willing to do what we can to help those who need it.”

Beginning at 6 p.m., the talent show will get started with a comedy skit from Steve Harvey and Bill Davis. The lineup is filled to the brim with musical talent and some expert rug-cutting from members of Warren County and surrounding areas.

“We had 15 to 20 acts show up for the first-round elimination,” said Cagle. “We are looking forward to this being a great family event. A lot of people who plan on coming are making it a night to enjoy with the family.”

Sixteen-year-old Halle Drue Smith is one of the finalists slated to take the stage Saturday night with a voice that organizers describe as “like an angel.” A Warren County High School student, she enjoys reading and cheering on the basketball team as a cheerleader. The judge panel was impressed with her during the elimination round and look forward to seeing more from her.

Morgan Sanford will be lighting up Saturday night’s stage with her spiritual singing. The judges described her as having a “heart of gold and a voice to match” as the young singer funnels her love of helping others into her job as a CNA.

Lucas Patterson and Sami Burchfield are distinct as the only duo entry. Both have been dancing since 2016 as part of the Swing Dance Club and teach a Ballroom Dancing Class at Tennessee Tech. Burchfield has received limelight in many Warren Arts plays while Patterson works on his family’s farm and pumpkin patch.

Prepare to be thrilled by the dance moves of Joshua Hurst who expresses a desire to finish Michael Jackson’s “This is It” tour. The 20-year-old dancer’s skill landed him center stage, where he will be putting his five years of studying Jackson’s iconic moves to the test against his peers.

She might be one of the youngest contestants, but Chalee Womack makes up for it with her dedication to singing “since she could walk.” Outside of performing, she has a heart for community service and is involved in Youth Leadership.

Heather Elliot wowed the judges with her rendition of The Cranberries’ “Zombie” during the first round and cemented her placement in the lineup for Saturday. The mom and teacher is a self-proclaimed hippie.

Rollin’ around the bend is Warren County native Lanae Hodge who “blew away” the judges with her rendition of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.” The young contestant describes herself as someone who “loves playing music, riding horses and hanging out with her dog Loretta.”

Other acts include Darlene Palmer, Faith Tomes, Taylor Addington, Terian Roller and Jessica Hartman.

All proceeds from ticket sales go to help HOME address the homelessness plaguing the county. Ticket sales are going on now and are $15 per seat. To purchase a ticket, go to the Homeless of McMinnville Efforts Facebook page and follow the link. Tickets will also be available at the door but will only while supplies last.