WILLIAMSON – A large crowd turned out to support local talent for the first annual Coal Fields Got Talent show at the Williamson Fieldhouse, Monday Dec. 14.
The talent show was a “Healthy in the Hills” event which gave area non-profits the opportunity to promote their organization and services.
32 acts performed at the talent show. Rachel Messer took home first prize. The first prize winner received $200 and the opportunity to record a video with Joey Ferris. Ferris also served as sound technician for the talent show. Tabitha Bell took home second place and received $100. Sarah Merrit came in third and received $50.
The acts featured singers, guitarists, and performances from people of all ages. Performers included: George Queen, Tara Sexton, Amber Workman, Bryana Jewell, John Clark, Deanna Clark, “The Turning,” Sephanie, Staci, and Carmen, Kelly Webb and Bill Dotson, Margie Pauley, Alex Blankenship, Billion Dollar Beauty Twirlers, Hayley Carter, Myra Aleese Taylor, Susan Jude and Briana Webb, Kaitlyn West, Kevin Fletcher, Payton Troup, Katie Nichole Carrol, Curtis Hunt, Payton Copley, Savannah Flutty, Amanda Hensley, Hannah Dotson, Jessica Bevins, Sarah Merrit, Rachel Messer, Ma’liyah Martin, Tabitha Bell and Shelby Wilson.
Booths from area nonprofits were lined around the Fieldhouse. Those in attendance that visited each booth could submit a hole-punched card for the opportunity to win a raffle prize that was drawn following intermission. Other organizations such as the Tug Valley Recovery Shelter and Mingo County Schools had separate drawings for those that entered.
Nathaniel Siggers, Appalachian Site Director, introduced each participant and entertained the crowd throughout the event. Siggers also kept the attention of those in attendance by throwing out free t-shirts to the crowd throughout the event.
In between acts, nonprofit organizations had the opportunity to take the stage to briefly inform the audience about the services offered at their organizations. Organizations included: Williamson Board of Parks and Recreation, Boundless, Growing Warriors, WVU Extension Services, Stop Coalition, Williamson Health and Wellness Center, Coalfield Development Corporation, Tug Valley Recovery Shelter, ABLE Families, Mingo County Board of Education, and Coalfield CAP.
The following sponsors contributed to the event: Jeff Marcum Law Office, Brewster Financial Group, Jeff Simpkins Law Office, Starter’s Restaurant, the STOP Coalition, Williamson Board of Parks and Recreation, the City of Williamson and Williamson Health and Wellness Center.
For more information about Healthy in the Hills or more about the “healthy selfie” initiative visit healthyselfies.org.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)