WEST LIBERTY, Iowa–One of West Liberty’s most anticipated events of the summer, Picnic in the Park has drawn crowds and great entertainment year after year. This July, the West Liberty Chamber of Commerce looks forward to celebrating the skills of its young people by holding the first ever Picnic in the Park talent show July 18 at 4 p.m. In addition to fun children’s activities and tasty food vendors, the talent show at Picnic in the Park will offer an enjoyable new event for families.
Following a year of cancelations due to COVID-19, such as the West Liberty Children’s Festival, typically held in the fall, the West Liberty Chamber of Commerce board member Cassie Saylor Pluim though hosting a talent show specifically for kids and teens would give them an affordable way to have a good time. She elaborated, “this year, we thought it would be fun for the kids to get to perform since they missed out on so many things due to COVID.”
To that end, they designed a talent show perfect for youth to enter. Any kid or teen age 18 or younger can compete against their peers, which the show divided into categories for those six and under, between seven and 12-years-old, and between 13 and 18-years-old. Participants can put on solo and group acts, with up to five people performing in each group. First place winners in each age group and category will receive six foot tall trophies, with second and third place winners getting smaller trophies. Judges will also present up to three judge’s choice trophies in each age group. All winners will also get Chamber Bucks, which they can spend at many stores in West Liberty and the surrounding area.
Saylor Pluim encourages any kid or group that would like to put together a two and a half minute act to sign up for the talent show either online or using a PDF of the sign up form, which parents may email to the chamber or drop off in person. Additionally, families may pay the $25 fee for each act either by check, PayPal, or Venmo. Proceeds will go to covering the cost of the talent show and putting on Picnic in the Park. All participants will need to register, pay, and submit any music they would like played during their act no later than July 11 to allow the Chamber to successfully plan for the show.
With Picnic in the Park only a few weeks away, Saylor Pluim looks forward to seeing many West Liberty Youth show off their special skills in the talent show. “I’m expecting to see a lot of dancing, singing, and instruments, but we’re open to any talents,” =Saylor Pluim said, noting that she had seen creative martial arts demonstrations, speed painting, and poetry readings in other talent shows. “It will be a fun time and fun to see the talents they’ve been working on.”