The Florissant Grange, along with the International Western Music Association Colorado Chapter, held its first annual Talent Roundup June 24. There were 13 contestants from across Colorado. Competitors came from Lamar, Estes Park, Boulder, Timnath, Bailey, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, Redwing, Carbondale and Steamboat Springs. Six contestants were chapter members.
There were 75 people in the audience, entertained by some very talented individuals.
Local contestants were Jill Smith (storyteller) from Lake George, James Michael (Berg) (vocals/guitar) from Cripple Creek and Luciano Vargas (vocals/guitar) from Cripple Creek.
When the final tally was complete, the winners were:
First Place: Steve Jones, who performed his original western song while playing guitar. Steve was awarded $150 in cash and a custom-made western trophy buckle.
Second Place: Vic Anderson, who performed an original western song which included outstanding yodeling and…