WHAT: Fremont’s Got Talent
WHEN: 12 p.m. (preliminary round) and 7 p.m. (finals), Sun.
WHERE: Birchard Park, Fremont (Rain site: Fremont Middle School, 501 Croghan St.)
A snowbird who for part of the year calls Wachula, Florida home, Fremont’s Dick Knepper got an idea earlier this year to showcase the area’s entertainers. His vision comes to fruition with the inaugural “Fremont’s Got Talent” event, which takes place all day Aug. 22 at Birchard Park.
“I’ve enjoyed the kind of entertainment on ‘America’s Got Talent’ and ‘American Idol,’ so while I was in Florida this winter the Chamber of Commerce at Wachula, Florida put on their own event,” said Knepper. “Afterwards, they gave me the rules and regulations. So when I got back to Ohio I was talking to the Exchange Club in Fremont about the idea. They were excited about it, and now we’re getting
So far roughly 33 entrants have signed up for the “Fremont’s Got Talent” contest, which begins at noon on Aug. 22. All of the performers will get a chance to show off their talents for the judging panel of local politicians and music teachers. The top 10 entertainers will make the 7 p.m. finals, which will be hosted by Knepper’s nephew, actor Robert Knepper (“Heroes” and “Prison Break”).
The competition includes a $300 first prize, $200 second prize and $100 third prize.
“We’re also going to have a people’s choice award,” Knepper said. “We’ll have 10 containers for the audience to vote by dollars they put into those containers. Half of that goes to the entry and half to the Exchange Club in Fremont.” Knepper said this event fits perfectly into the mission statement of the Exchange Club of Fremont, which is Americanism, youth, community service and child abuse prevention.
As for the performances, Knepper stressed people should expect the gamut.
“It’s pretty much like ‘America’s Got Talent,’” Knepper said. “So the majority of it is singing, and we have a couple of young groups of band members. We have really good amateur baton twirlers. There are a couple of dance acts from a group from Clyde.”
Knepper is hoping that the community turns out to promote its own at this special event.
“Everybody should enjoy this,” Knepper said. “It’s well-rounded for youth, as well as adults, and I’m hoping we have a great crowd. I think they’ll be very pleased. And we’re not going to have all of those bad acts like they have on ‘America’s Got Talent.’ So people should expect to see some talent that they didn’t know existed here in the Fremont area.”
The first round of cuts for “Fremont’s Got Talent” begins at noon Aug. 22 at Birchard Park in Fremont. The finals take place at 7 p.m. at the park. In case of bad weather, the event will be moved to Fremont Middle School, 501 Croghan Street.
Audience members are encouraged to bring a lounge chair.