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Annual Coalfield’s Got Talent set for Friday

November 29, 2018

SOUTH WILLIAMSON, Ky. - Talent from around the region will be showcased at the Williamson Health and Wellness Center’s annual Coalfield’s Got Talent competition Friday, Nov. 30, at the South Side Mall in South Williamson, Kentucky.

Since 2015, the Williamson Health and Wellness Center has sponsored Coalfield’s Got Talent to promote talent in the area and as a resource event for local organizations that provide services to the community. According to Nate Siggers, community engagement coordinator for the WHWC, resource tables are set up inside the event, and each puts on a small commercial in between each act.

Organizations that will set up resource tables include NECCO, STOP Coalition, Birth to Three, Mingo County Health Department, ABLE Families, MCPERC, WVU Extension Services, Family Resource Network, Adolescent Health Initiative, UniCare, Williamson Memorial Hospital, Legal Aid and Head Start.

“ABLE Families said it’s got a lot more clients because of participating in these previous shows,” Siggers said. “Not only is it putting a little money in somebody’s pocket and showcasing our talent, but it’s also helping people get to resources.”

This year’s competition will feature 33 performers, and Siggers says demand was so high that there’s a waiting list of about 20 more people. The talent comes from all around the region and includes a little bit of everything.

“This show is all singers, but at our last show, we had a girl who painted to music while a song played. You get three minutes per act, and by the time her three minutes was up, she had painted a picture of Prince,” Siggers said. “Then we had a girl who was a fire thrower. She was throwing fire and breathing fire, and she was actually the winner of the second one.”

Rachel Messer, a native of Fort Gay in Wayne County, will open the competition and act as a judge. Messer won the first Coalfield’s Got Talent in 2015 and was a contestant on season 15 of “The Voice” on NBC earlier this year.

Also judging the competition will be Logan native Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., who won season six of “America’s Got Talent” on NBC in 2011.

First-, second- and third-place winners from two age divisions - 15 years of age and under and 15 and up - will be selected for $1,200 in cash prizes.

“There’s a lot of talent in our area, and I feel happy that our organization has an opportunity to give people a platform to showcase it,” Siggers said. “Whether they win or lose, just having an opportunity and being proud and strong enough to get up there in front of people takes a lot, and you never know what might come out of it. Look where Rachel (Messer) landed, and the first time she won was Coalfield’s Got Talent.”

Coalfield’s Got Talent begins at 6 p.m. Friday. Admission is free.

“People are always saying there’s nothing to do around here, so this is something for you to do free for your family and friends to get out and have a good time,” Siggers said.

Dylan Vidovich is a news reporter for HD Media. Contact him by phone at 304-896-5196 or follow him on Twitter @DVidovichLB.

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