Here come the judges!

I’ve got feelings, too, and I’m dittoing Dullum, as in Terry, who says he’ll be hurt if you don’t make it!

Terry Dullum, anchor and producer of WDAZ News @ 5, Grand Forks Mayor (and physician) Michael Brown, and I extend a warm invitation to you to come to the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks at 2 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 4) for “The Valley’s Got Talent.”

Does the Red River Valley ever have talent! There is so much among us and it’s a beautiful thing when the folks who have it share it. When it’s all been said and done see if you agree with Terry, Michael and me because – we are the judges!

“The Valley’s Got Talent,” is brought to us by the Grand Forks Exchange Club whose mission it is to help area children with such needs as warm winter coats, hats and gloves. The club also provides funding for youngsters so they may take part in after-school programs.

Here’s how you can help: Come – your admission is simply a freewill donation. You can relax in the beautiful Empire Arts Center while you enjoy some pretty awesome talent.

Betty Feltman, a member of Exchange Club, sat in on the auditions which were held Nov. 6 and she was pretty much blown away. Thirty-one people auditioned and 18 made the cut. Those 18 are the ones you’ll see Sunday when they perform on the Empire stage.

There are singers, dancers, pianists, a young man who plays Bach on his electric guitar and a band who calls itself Burning Hollywood. The youngest performer is 10. Collectively they hail from East Grand Forks, Grand Forks, Thief River Falls, Devils Lake and Fargo. Two singing sisters will even compete against one another for one or two of the three cash prizes which total $850.

Zach Ahrens, a newspaper man and minister will emcee the show.

Does this not sound like great fun? Hope to see you there because heaven knows, you don’t want to disappoint the judges. But more importantly, the performers and less fortunate children among us need an encouraging and cheerful giving audience.

Until Sunday and Until Soon

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