XENIA — An outage of more than an hour didn’t keep area residents from displaying some powerful singing at the Greene County’s Got Talent contest at the fair Wednesday.
Nearly 25 singers of all ages waited out the 85 minute delay, which was caused when the outage wiped out power to nearly half the fairgrounds and surrounding neighborhoods. When the fair was plugged back in, 10-year-old Jaclyn Lamb of Xenia electrified the crowd — and judges— with a rendition of “Let it Go” from the hit movie “Frozen” that won first place in the competitive 15-and-under group.
“I feel pretty good,” Lamb, who will be a fifth-grader at Shawnee Elementary School, said. “I was really excited. My mom covered her mouth and started screaming. It was really cool.”
Despite the euphoric moment, Lamb managed to have a level head.
“It’s not the winning that matters,” she said. “As long as you have fun. Everybody out there did really good.”
Lamb was in the contest last year and was fourth. That’s quite an improvement and mother, Dee Lamb, sees even bigger things for her daughter.
“I really think that she could possibly have a future in singing,” she said. “I really do and I’m hoping she continues. There’s not a day goes by that she does not sing. I am very proud.”
Faith Chambers, 9, of Dayton was second in the kids group.
The well-known Hardy Boys — Jakob and Nathan — of Xenia won the 16-and-up (adult) category while Brandon Kinley and Jessica Cardenas were second.
The Hardy Boys sang the Jakob-penned “Gotta work hard on the Farm.” The family has several farms and a lot of the music the brothers write is farm-based. The Boys were second last year and had an invitation to try out for the TV show “The Voice” but were unable to attend.
For some, like 15-year-old Caitlyn Shelek of Xenia, the delay was a bit of a nuisance.
“They said if we don’t have a generator (in an hour they were going to call it),” she said. “I was like ‘You can call it. I don’t want to wait.’”
Ironically, Shelek was the first contestant when power was restored, singing “Alone Together” by Fall Out Boy. She was a finalist last year and won first place in 2012.
The contest also gave some extremely novice singers a chance. Kaitlyn Schloss of Jamestown sang “Hallelujah” for her first solo singing performance in a contest.
“I really like singing,” the 14-year-old said. “Everybody told me I should do it.”
Schloss was the third contestant called.
“I was nervous,” the 14-year-old said. “I was shaky.”