Vernal excitement launched its eighth season with the Vernal's Got Talent competition Thursday night at the park adjacent to the Uintah County Library.

The competition featured the talents of ten youth from the area. Performers showcased talents in dance, singing and playing instruments for the crowd to enjoy.

"This is the eighth year for Vernal Excitement," said Uintah County Travel and Tourism Director, Lesha Colthorp. "It's fun to see these kids come out and share their talents".

Five performers competed in the 14-18-year-old category, with Scotlyn Williams and Dax Lawson taking first for their performance of "Radioactive" as they sang and played guitars. Second-place was awarded to Jacobi Christensen for her contemporary dance and third went to Tessa Barton for her rendition of "Happy Working Song." The other contestant in the 14-18-year-old age group was Kamlyn Williams who performed "Cellos Ole" on her cello.

"This is the first time we have performed together," said Dax Christensen. "I have been playing the guitar for about two years and I love it."

Scotlyn Williams, who performed with Dax Christensen, performed in the Alive After Five competition last year, taking first-place.

"I love to sing, I've been singing forever," Scotlyn said. "I get to sing the pre-show for Alive After Five for the first week."

The younger age group of 13 years and under featured the talents of six locals with singing, dancing, and instrumentals. First place went to Daicie Downing for her contemporary dance, while second was awarded to Hannah Poole as she sang "Stay" and third-place was presented to Alegan Hanburg for her violin performance of "Happy Farmer." Additional performers in the 13 and under category were; Auklynd Jones, who played "Hunters Chorus" on the viola, Chyanne Cook, who sang "You Don’t Know You're Beautiful" and Geena Tilo singing "Trying Everything."

"I have been dancing for five years," Daicie Downing said. "I do ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and hip-hop. Contemporary is my favorite style of dance.

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