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Published August 14, 2009, 12:00 AM

Performers star at Murray County Fair

SLAYTON — At the Murray Coounty Fair, it’s quite common to hear the sounds of children laughing, people chatting, the occasional moo or baa and even the shout of “Bingo!” On Thursday afternoon, those sounds were very apparent, along with strains of Chopin and Bach.

By: Justine Wettschreck, Worthington Daily Globe

SLAYTON — At the Murray Coounty Fair, it’s quite common to hear the sounds of children laughing, people chatting, the occasional moo or baa and even the shout of “Bingo!”

On Thursday afternoon, those sounds were very apparent, along with strains of Chopin and Bach. Trumpets, violins, clarinets, trombones and voices raised in song could be heard wafting from the 4-H Building during the Performing Arts Judging.

Clad in dressy clothes, the performing arts exhibitors looked slightly out of place among the more casually dressed fair-goers, but once they climbed onto the small stage in the corner of the 4-H exhibit hall, the impression was that of professional caliber musicians performing for an attentive audience.

According to Murray County 4-H Coordinator Margie Anderson, there are usually about two dozen students who perform for the judging.

The judge awards points in two categories — appearance and performance.

In the appearance category, points are awarded for entrance, introduction, appropriate attire and exit.

Under the performance category, each exhibitor is judged on use of props in needed, such as music stands, chairs and more.

They are also awarded points for technique, which may include memorization or familiarity with their material, use of accompanist, originality and if their material is within their ability.

Under the score for stage presence, each performer is judged on whether their performance seems well rehearsed, the ease and smoothness of their performance and their attitude. Each exhibitor is also awarded points for their ability to be seen and heard well.

There is a possibility of 100 points total, and the judge decides which ribbon placing each performer receives.

Surrounded by exhibits, craft projects, photos and other fair entries, performers stood tall and gave their attention to their art. Some 4-H’ers performed more than one piece.

Dan Beech opened the performances with song, but later performed “Romanian Folkdance” on the violin. He also played a piece on the trombone.

Kristen Pagel, clad in a black dress and heels, played a silver trumpet, accompanied by Sheri Isder. She later was part of a duet with Andrew Buschena as they sang “Homeward Bound.”

Audience members also heard Chopin’s “Prelude in C Minor,” “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” by Bach and other selections.

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