Lamoine actor and humorist brent Hutchins is among the dozen finalists who will compete in "Hancock County's Got Talent" on Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Blue Hill Fair. LAMOINE COMMUNITY ARTS PHOTO

Blue Hill Fair show contestants picked at Grand

ELLSWORTH — The judging was tough, but a dozen performers Thursday night were chosen from a talent-rich pool of 20 contestants to compete in the “Hancock County’s Got Talent!” show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, on stage at the Blue Hill Fair.

At Thursday night’s qualifying contest, the contestants ranged widely in age from 81-year-old Downeast guitarist Vern Robinson to 11-year-old singer/ukulele player Winslow Hanson of Ellsworth.

They all carried themselves with grace in the preliminary “Does Hancock County Have Talent?” emceeded by The Grand’s Sales & Film Program Director Robin Jones.

Judges were Star 97.7 radio station’s operations manager, Bill DaButler, and The Ellsworth American’s Arts & Leisure Editor Letitia Baldwin.

Contestants making the final cut included: Nick Blethen, Ben Anthony Buseia, Betta Chan, Trudi Clark, Kristen Dyer, Katie Higgins, Brent Hutchins, Pete Merritt & Bob Cat, Lanie Reid, Kiana & Senaca Maddocks-Wilbur, Rachel Whitmore & John Fenders and Delaney Woodward.

These performers now will compete in the “Hancock County’s Got Talent!” show on Aug. 30 and compete for three cash prizes. The top winner will receive $500 while second place garners $250 and third place $100.

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