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'Wadena’s Got Talent’ show takes the stage Friday, Aug. 19

The inaugural event starts at 6:30 p.m. and is a kickoff to the 2022-2023 Wadena Area Concert Association series.

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Singing and instrumental performances are on the menu for those attending the inaugural "Wadena's Got Talent' event on Friday, Aug. 19 in Wadena.
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WADENA — The Wadena Area Concert Association is presenting an exciting event that invites both entertainment from the public and for the public.

The “Wadena’s Got Talent” event is set for a 6:30 p.m. start on Friday, Aug. 19, at the beautiful Wadena Memorial Auditorium. The public is invited to watch local entertainers perform. It’s a free-will donation event. So far, registered talent includes singers and instrumentalists.

If you’ve got some talent, there is still time to get involved. Registration is available at Wadena Area Concert Association’s Facebook page or by contacting Matt Greenwaldt at 218-639-2897.

The talent show is made possible from a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council. It is the brainchild of concert association member Jan Hillesland. Hillesland said in an effort to grow community interest in the concert association, she wanted to host a talent show that would bring together the entertainers of the community into one place.

She explained that the idea came after the group had time to refocus their energies and build back a group of volunteers that was eager to see the concerts continue in Wadena. She couldn’t imagine not having the concert association continue in the community after so many years of selling tickets to the annual concerts.


“It's a wonderful thing for Wadena,” Hillesland said. “They come here and they have supper or shop first. It's wonderful entertainment right here in Wadena."

The concerts are a draw to Wadena in some of the cooler months of the year. A season pass not only gets you into concerts in Wadena, but in Park Rapids, Alexandria, Fergus Falls, Sauk Centre or Melrose.

More people recently joined the efforts of the association with renewed energy.

“We’re going strong,” she said.

Former president of the association for the previous 15 years Bonnie Kingsley said she's hopeful this event and the concert season will be filled with those who love great music from world renowned artists in their own backyard. She plans to serve as a judge in the talent show alongside Wadena Mayor George Deiss and new chair of the concert association, Bridget King.
"I'm hoping we can reach more people," Kingsley said. "But no matter how wonderful the music is, we've got to have people to support a program like this."
Hillesland said in addition to talent from the community, there will be entertainment in between each act. The event is emceed by legendary radio personality Dan Skogen.

Prizes are available for top talent and all participants receive a free ticket to the concert association's upcoming season. Prize money was made available by sponsor Homestead Veterinary Clinic.

Participants will be a part of one of two categories including ages 15 and under or ages 16 and over.

This inaugural event does more than entertain, it serves as the kickoff to the upcoming concert association season, which starts in September. Learn more about the season by attending this event or contact the association chair Bridget King at 218-639-2469. You can even get a preview by visiting alliedconcertservices.com .

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