Plenty of ways to show off talent in Gold Country

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As a Gold Country Fair employee I would like to respond to the letter from Janet Peterson regarding Auburn talent (Your Views, April 15). I would first like to compliment the two pageant directors in Placer County (Toni Fossum and Patty Kennedy) for the outstanding job they do. They spend countless hours coordinating, facilitating and mentoring the young contestants and make pageants not just about beauty but about community service and friendships. Secondly, the Gold Country Fair does have a talent show! The Auburn Fair Boosters have coordinated the talent show for over 30 years and it happens on the Sunday of the fair (Sept. 13). There is a nominal entry fee to cover expenses and it’s open to all ages. If you are a singer, dancer, banjo player … come show us what you’ve got! We also have a Gold Country Idol Competition for all singers in Placer County on Thursday, Sept. 10. The winner gets a chance to compete at the California State Fair the following year. We would also like to encourage residents of Placer County to showcase their talent by other means at the fair. Do you sew, paint, or write poetry? Do you garden or raise livestock? The fair offers numerous opportunities for the residents of Placer County to showcase their skills. The entry guide for this year’s fair will be available in June with entries closing in August. Please check our Web site for continuous updates. So Placer County, I challenge you. If you have talent bring it to the fair! Heather Belford program administrator, Gold Country Fair Citrus Heights