VAN WERT — The audience chooses a winner during the 11th annual Ohio Has Talent competition Saturday at Niswonger Performing Arts Center. The show is a major fundraiser for Community Health Professionals Hospice.
“There are 18 acts in the finals and they are from throughout the region — Perrysburg, Bowling Green, Van Wert County, Allen County and Mercer County. There’s a pretty good mix,” said Greg Yinger, public education and communications at Community Health Professionals.
The 18 acts this year are primarily singing and dancing.
“We’ve had jugglers in the past, magicians, it just depends on who comes out to audition. But we have a good group this year of some very talented people,” said Yinger.
While there is a panel of three judges, the audience is pivotal in deciding the winner.
“Yes, that’s the fun part of the show. Everybody gets a ballot and they all vote for their favorite act and we tally them up at the end. While the votes are being counted, last year’s winner comes back to perform, and that’s Gabe Bailey who won last year. He’s now matched up with a classmate of his and they do an act together. They will perform during the vote counting. He is a singer,” said Yinger.
There are five places, but the top three earn cash prizes. First place receives $1,000, second place $500 and third place $250. All five places receive trophies.
”We are a non-profit hospice so we do community fundraising and the funds for this benefit our patient care fund, throughout our service area. We are based in Van Wert, but we have offices throughout Northwest Ohio,” said Yinger.
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