So much talent!

By: 
CATIE CLARK
Staff Writer

The 9th annual Bingham's Got Talent show will be at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.
A little over nine years ago, Elizabeth Fields had a fundraising idea for her Relay For Life team called Angels Among US. Relay Relay For Life is a community based fundraising event of the American Cancer Society.
Fields' idea was based on a talent show called Bledsoe's Got Talent, named for the county where she grew up in Tennessee. She brought the idea to her Relay for Life teammates and Bingham's Got Talent was born.
"I've been the chairman (of the show) the whole time — it's been quite an experience," Tom Drysdale of Angels Among Us said. "It's been quite an experience."
Donations at the local talent show tend to be proportional to the number of contestants. In an average year, there are around 25 people entering. The highest number was 39. This year, there will be 34 acts competing.
"What really gets me is how much talent there is in Bingham County," Drysdale said. "It's just amazing."
The youngest contestant this year is seven. The oldest is 72. The acts will include singers, dancers, instrumentalists including an organist, a handbell choice, a comedian and the award-winning ballroom dancing club from Blackfoot High School. Six of the acts are performers returning from last year.
A panel of judges will award a $100 prize in two divisions. There will also be a people's choice prize of $50. Votes for this category will cost $1 and people can vote as many times as they want.
All the proceeds minus the modest costs of the event will be donated to the American Cancer Society.