From staff reports
For the first time in three years, the McDowell County Schools Got Talent show will return to the stage on Friday.
The show will take place in the auditorium of East McDowell Middle School at 6 p.m., where more than 30 talented students from McDowell County schools will perform. Prizes will be awarded in the Primary, Intermediate and Secondary age divisions.
Acts will include singing, dancing, comedy, instrumentals, gymnastics, aerials and even on-stage painting, according to a press release.
Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students, and free for children under kindergarten.
This event is organized by the Key Club of McDowell Early College and McDowell Academy for Innovation.
Organizer Jessica Sutton said this will be the fourth time the Key Club has hosted the event.
“We took over in 2017,” she said. “Before that, the Marion Kiwanis Club hosted it. The 2020 show had to be postponed due to weather and then canceled due to COVID. There was a virtual talent show in 2021 that any student could contribute through Flipgrid. So it’s been three years since we last had the show on stage.
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“Usually the previous year’s winners are not eligible to compete again, but provide entertainment at the end while the judges deliberate. This will not happen this year, but will apply to this year’s winner when from next year’s show.