DEKALB, SHELBY COUNTY SINGERS TAKE TOP PLACE IN TALENT FIND CONTEST
MOBILE, Ala. - Talented singers from DeKalb and Shelby counties won first and second place, respectively, in the Alabama Farmers Federation's Talent Find competition during the organization's annual meeting Dec. 2 in Mobile.
|Victoria Ann Inman of DeKalb County, left, won the 2006 Talent Find competition and $1,000 from the Alabama Farmers Federation. Blaine Horton of Shelby County was named first runner-up and received $500.|
Victoria Ann Inman of DeKalb County performed a contemporary Christian song and won first place and $1,000 in the contest that attracted contestants from 25 county Farmers Federations. She is a member of the Lee University campus choir in Cleveland, Tenn. As the 2006 winner, she will perform at various Farmers Federation functions throughout the coming year.
Blaine Horton of Wilsonville in Shelby County was first runner-up in the contest and received $500. He performed a contemporary Christian song. He is a freshman at the University of Montevallo where he is studying voice performance.
The Talent Find competition is sponsored by the Alabama Farmers Federation's Young Farmers Division. Saturday evening marked the opening session of the Federation's 85th annual meeting with the theme "Homegrown Values."
U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., spoke briefly during the opening session of the meeting where he praised the work of Alabama farmers and pledged to work on their behalf during the next year when Congress begins work on a new Farm Bill.
Alabama Farmers Federation President Jerry A. Newby presented his annual report during the opening session where he highlighted the accomplishments of the organization in 2006 and reviewed the challenges farmers faced, including drought and high fuel costs.
The Alabama Farmers Federation, a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, has 458,000 members.
Meetings will continue Sunday morning when Alabama's Outstanding Young Farm Family will be chosen. U.S. Rep. Terry Everett, R-Ala., will be honored by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) with its Friend of Farm Bureau Award.
Monday, Dr. Ed Richardson, president of Auburn University, will receive the Service to Agriculture Award -- the highest honor given by the Alabama Farmers Federation. Five hundred voting delegates, representing farmers from throughout the state, will elect new leaders for the organization during the afternoon business session. That evening, AFBF President Bob Stallman will be the keynote speaker, and the new Miss Alabama Agriculture will be crowned.