A Richland trio who bill themselves as a "funky garage punk band" stole the spotlight Monday in the return of the Tri-Cities talent show.
Elm & Olympia took the Best of Show trophy at the new Shine the Spotlight on Me talent showcase. The band was one of 23 acts to take the stage at Kennewick High School's Art Fuller Auditorium.
The talent show leading up to Water Follies weekend had been on a two-year hiatus.
About 300 people attended the event, 230 of those in paid tickets, said Parker Hodge, who helped to coordinate the event. It was a fundraiser for the First Night Tri-Cities organization and the Kamiakin High Dance Team.
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"The event was well attended and the crowd was very energetic toward all the acts," said Hodge, who also is a Herald employee.
"The judges had a difficult time deciding amongst all the talent. It was a very close finish in every category. While the crowd was a bit smaller than we had hoped, everyone loved the fact we brought the show back and hope we continue it for years to come."
Trophies were handed out to all first-place winners in the five divisions. The remainder of the participants received certificates.
For the top prize, Elm & Olympia band members Geoff Henry, Derrek Michael and JJ Tagg won an automatic spot to perform at this year's First Night Tri-Cities, which will be held Dec. 31 at Columbia Basin College in Pasco.
The division winners were:
w Young adult vocal -- First, Cheyenne Van Tine; second, Orma Ravindranath; third, Kristen Carpenter.
w Youth vocal -- First, Jacky Frey; second, Abigail Withers.
w Adult vocal -- First, KC Rosencrans; second, Jessica Workman; third, Brandy Loid.
w Variety (open class) -- First, Janae Calaway; second, Sarah De La Rosa and Katie Forenpohar; third (a tie), Tri-City Tappers and Shyla Godinez.
Vocal and instrumental (open class) -- First, Elm & Olympia; second, Cale Moon; third, Sierra Sonderman.