Local talent show winners to perform at Arkansas State Fair


The 73rd Southeast Arkansas District Fair completed its talent show competition on Sept. 29 at Hestand Stadium.

Winning acts from 17 counties — Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot, Cleveland, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Faulkner, Grant, Jefferson, Lonoke, Ouachita, and Prairie — were eligible to compete in the district level of talent competition.

The Jefferson County Talent Show, also part of the Southeast Arkansas District Fair, will send three talent acts to the Arkansas State Fair Talent Show competition on Oct. 18.

Zoey Stubbs of Pine Bluff will compete in the Dance Solo activities when she represents Jefferson County at the State Fair. To win first place in the Jefferson County show, Zoey performed on pointe to the music, “The End”, from the movie “Edward Scissorhands”. Zoey is 11 years old and is in the sixth grade at White Hall Middle School. This is her second year to advance to the state level of the talent shows. Zoey is a student at the Pine Bluff Dance Academy.

Jefferson County’s first place Dance Group, which will also compete in the State Fair, features three young men — Ja’won Bradley, Jaelon Torner and Alex Whitman, all of Pine Bluff. They are students at Pine Bluff High School. Their dance routine is called the “JETS” which stands for “Just Enjoy the Show.”

Pashu’ar Grissom of Pine Bluff will compete in the Vocal Solo category at the State Fair Talent Show. She is a sixth-grader at Robert Moorehead Elementary School and is 11 years old. “Listen” by Jennifer Hudson was the song used for her first place vocal solo at the Jefferson County show.

Representing Drew County as the winning dance solo was Charlee Carter from Wilmar. Charlee, who is in the 10th grade at Monticello High School, performed a tap dance to the music “Pencil Full of Lead.”

The first place winning District Dance Group also represented Drew County. Dancers included Charlee Carter, Mary Beth Wigley, Alex Jones, Ashlen McRae, Bliss Jaggers, and Emmalee Satterlee. The group is from Monticello School of Dance and performed to the song, “It Don’t Matter.”