Songstress 12-year-old Callie Rounds of Ellicottville sang her way into the Top 25 finals of the New York State Fair Talent Showcase held in early September. Callie qualified for the NYS Fair by singing Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” at the Erie County Fair held annually in Hamburg, NY.

Competitors from county fairs throughout New York State are eligible to participate in one of eight days of competition at the State Fair. Ten daily winners move to the semi-finals, and then 25 of the 80 semi-finalists are selected to compete in the finals. The competition was extraordinary, and included competitors from dance academies, students from school for the performing arts, and even Broadway audition veterans.

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