Kerschner takes first place at State Farm Show talent contest

By on January 15, 2014

Ms. Senior Pennsylvania, Vicki Rogers, poses with Conlan Kerschner of Adamstown, who won first place in the 2014 Farm Show’s Got Talent competition.

Ms. Senior Pennsylvania, Vicki Rogers, poses with Conlan Kerschner of Adamstown, who won first place in the 2014 Farm Show’s Got Talent competition.

Thirteen-year-old banjo player, Conlan Kerschner of Adamstown, won first place in the 2014 Farm Show’s Got Talent competition held Jan. 5 at the Farm Show Complex.

He competed in the Instrumental Solo Intermediate (age 12-15) Division. He was also awarded the overall People’s Choice Award.

With a four-minute competition time, Conlan chose to play a traditional American folk song “John Hardy” and a recognizable favorite, “Dueling Banjos.”

The judges were Department of Environmental Protection Director of Communications, Eric Shirk; Ms. Senior Pennsylvania, Vicki Rogers and First Lady of Agriculture, Mrs. Christine Grieg. Kenny Barley of Manheim, Lancaster County, also playing the banjo, won second place.

This is the second year in a row that Kerschner has won first place in the Farm Show’s Got Talent contest.

Conlan was first introduced to the sound of the banjo by his grandfather, Randy Steffy, who played bluegrass music on the radio in his garage. When his grandfather offered to pay for Conlan’s lessons, Conlan replied, “Why not!” Since the summer of 2008, Conlan has been taking banjo lessons at Kupp-Tone Music Studios in Adamstown. He was first taught by Cookie Texter and then advanced to become a student of Keith Kupp.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive events and 300 commercial exhibitors.

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