HGR Local Music News 4/27/14

In Local Music News…

Organized and hosted by local entertainer Dennie Huber, the 24th annual Crazy Fest Amateur Youth Talent Show took place earlier this afternoon at the Greenwood Firehall in Altoona, and again gave area youngsters the opportunity to showcase their talents for plaques, trophies and other prizes before a friendly and supportive audience. Here are the first place and other top winners from this year’s Crazy Fest, mostly as determined by a panel of judges made up of former Crazy Fest contestants…In the ages 7-9 group, dancer Olivia Confer of Altoona took top honors. In the 10-year-old division, singer Layna Henry won with her a cappella rendition of “Dream a Little Dream of Me.” The 11-year-old division ended in a first-place tie between dancer Pamela Lantz and guitarist Dylan McNeely. In the ages 12-13 group, it was the moves of dancer Clint Curfman of Roaring Spring that captured top honors. In the ages 14 and 15 group, singer Shannon Barnes of Hollidaysburg captured first place. In the ages 16 and 17 group, dancers Mackenzie Counterman and Cindy Piner of Altoona tied for top honors. And in the ages 18 to 21 bracket, singer D’Jay Dunio of Altoona took first place. In the duo category, Layna Henry and Tiana McCabe captured first place. In the group division, the Singing Dunio Family took top honors. In the Fan Favorite awards, as determined by audience votes, Olivia Confer won the female Fan Favorite award, while D’Jay Dunio won the male Fan Favorite award. In the Future Star awards, Layna Henry won in the ages 13-and-under bracket, while Cindy Piner captured the 14-and-older Future Star honors. In the Crazy Fest Outstanding Awards, guitarist Ty Fowler of Gallitzin won the Outstanding male musician award, while Altoona-based violinist Christina Evans took the Outstanding female musician award. The Outstanding Dancer/ awards went to Clint Curfman in the ages 13-and-under class, and to Mackenzie Counterman in the ages 14-and-older class. The Outstanding Male Vocalist award went to D’Jay Dunio, while the Outstanding Female Vocalist award was given to Shannon Barnes. The duo “The Cup Girls” won the Outstanding Variety Act award. And Most Original Performance award honors went to the duo of Layna Henry and Tiana McCabe. On behalf of organizer and host Dennie Huber, thanks to ALL the contestants for sharing talents with the audience! Thanks also to the families, friends and other audience members in attendance for supporting Crazy Fest! Hats off again to Jack Servello for running sound, all the sponsors who ran ads in the Crazy Fest program and otherwise supported the event, the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company for providing the facility, and Pastor Barb and company for providing pizza and hot dogs on short notice! Dennie Huber reminded everyone that next year marks a quarter century of Crazy Fest, and if he is able to do it next year, everybody is invited to be a part of it once again.

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