By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
A rousing jazz piano medley by an Imperial man took the top prize at the fair’s “Got Talent?” contest last Thursday afternoon.
Imperial native Jeff Schuman, who returned to his hometown two years ago, played a short medley of Jerry Lee Lewis songs. He was one of 19 acts in the talent contest.
For his first place performance, Schuman won a $500 prize and his choice of hotel accommodations in several cities.
He said Tuesday he chose New Orleans, where he and his wife will spend four nights.
Schuman said he’s been playing the piano for more than 40 years, since third or fourth grade, and took his initial lessons from Dr. J. Gordon Christensen, Imperial Grade School’s vocal music teacher at the time.
He’s only performed publicly in Imperial about three times, he said, but has played in front of several large crowds over the years.
Those include on “main street” at Disneyland, on a piano formerly owned by Liberace at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs and at a Denver bar, “Sing-Sing,” on the eve of the millennium in 1999 at 11:55 p.m.
He also won a talent contest on a cruise in 1995.
Schuman is an internet marketer, helping people make money online through his website teamschuman.com.
Second place in the fair’s contest went to Kevin Anderson, also of Imperial, who performed several magic tricks with a rope. He received a $300 prize.
Third place ended in a tie between Imperial’s Tom Sullivan, a Chase County Schools junior who sang “Danny Boy,” and the duet of Tom and Patsy Jones of Danbury, Neb., who sang and played two numbers.
In an applause vote from the audience, Sullivan was the winner. He won $200.
The 19 acts in the contest performed in the open air pavilion on the fairgrounds. Brian Loker of McCook served as the emcee.
Sponsoring the talent contest were Imperial’s KADL Radio, its parent company High Plains Radio and the Chase County Fair.
The three judges were all DJs at High Plains Radio stations, including Jarett Finley of Imperial, local DJ at KADL; Marc Maelzer of Holyoke, Colo., and Jonathan Zweygardt of Oberlin, Kan.
Sue Moore, also of KADL, served as tabulator.
The 9th St. Singers provided entertainment as the tallying was being done.
Here are the other acts performing in last week’s contest:
The G-Quads band, Imperial, Ethan Haarberg, Janessa Haarberg, Justus Wallin and Makenna Wallin with Marla Smith, accompanying, “Pretty Woman.”
Cindy Hudson, Imperial, vocal solo, “Better Things To Do.”
Paul Gaschler, Imperial, piano and vocal solo, “Your Song.”
Debra Tidwell, Imperial, vocal solo, “My Heart Will Go On.”
Linda Kerns, Gordon, Neb., vocal solo, “Safe in the Arms of Love.”
Aden Wilkinson, Grant, fiddle solo.
Marnie Roundtree, Parks, Neb., vocal solo, “Best Days of Your Life.”
Chelsa Hudson, Imperial, vocal solo, “When I Think About Angels.”
Nick and Tyler Talbott, Imperial, and Alexsis Tate, Burlseon, Texas, trio, guitar and vocals.
Andy Hutchins, Culbertson, magic act.
Joan Ann Blomstedt, Palisade, vocal solo, “White Horse.”
Morayah Cupp, Champion, vocal solo.
Chelsa and Cindy Hudson, Imperial, vocal duet, “When You Say Nothing At All.”
Rodney Brown, Jr., vocal solo, “Burning Up.”
Ron Taylor, Champion, vocal solo, “I Love You This Much.”