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Winners named in Cottonwood County Fair Talent Contest

WINDOM — Nineteen acts competed in the 33rd annual Cottonwood County Fair Talent Contest Thursday night in the Windom Arena, taking home more than $600 in prize money.

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Winning first place in the Open Division was an instrumental quartet — Courtney and Logan Ryberg of Jackson and Dave Stillwell and Jeff Taber of Windom — performing “Pachabel’s Cannonball.”

Molly Cothran of Windom took second in the Open Division with her rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream.” Because the quartet is unable to advance to the Minnesota State Fair Talent Contest, Cothran will represent Cottonwood County.

Coming in third was Lindsay Elston with a vocal solo, “Alto’s Lament.” A graduate of Windom Area High School, Elston is now from Sioux Falls, S.D.

In the Teen Division, the first-place winner was Josephine Nunez of Lakefield. She sang “On My Own,” which she will perform at the Minnesota State Fair Talent Contest representing Cottonwood County. Second place went to Sierra Williamson of Sherburn for her solo tap dance, “Dancin’ Fool.”

Playing an original piece titled “It’s Alright” on the guitar with his own background instrumental track was Christian Pfeiffer of Mountain Lake, who took home third place.

Sisters Grace Pingeon and Emma Pingeon of Springfield took first and second place respectively in the Pre-Teen Division. Grace sang “Defying Gravity.” Because she had already been chosen to represent Redwood County at the State Fair Talent Contest, sister Emma, who sang “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?” will represent Cottonwood County.