ST. CLAIRSVILLE — More than 40 artists are set to take the stage during this year’s Ohio Arc presents Everyone’s Got Talent.
The inclusive community event is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the St. Clairsville Recreation Center’s outdoor amphitheater, located at 102 Fair St.
The talent show aims to raise awareness for people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities and features a mix of performances from people with special needs and their typical role model peers. This is the third year of the event.
Kara Erwin, regional manager of The Arc of Ohio, said the event will include food, vendors, free entertainment for children and a talent show. She said the show gives attendees a chance to be in the spotlight.
“The community had a need. I could see that we could put on a talent show for people with special needs and developmental disabilities and the community would show up. So making it an inclusive event, allowing the typical talents of peer mentors to participate, allows everyone to participate and support each other,” she says.
A total of 43 acts will take place, including a variety of talent ranging from song and dance to martial arts. Zayne Alexander Hershaw of the Blue Spectrum Band of Columbus will close the show.
“There will be singing, dancing, drumming and spinning fire. We have someone who tumbles and sings. We have some karaoke and we have some a cappella. We have a martial arts demonstration and we have a fashion show,” she said, adding that Boutique on Main is sponsoring the fashion show.
Opening ceremonies for the show will begin at noon with the St. Clairsville American Legion Post 159 presenting the colors followed by Peggy Riccadonna singing the national anthem. In addition to the talent show, there will be free entertainment such as bouncing houses, a pie contest, Oglebay Good Zoo, balloon art, a “hometown hero” tank dunk and more.
“Hometown heroes are people who come into contact with people with disabilities on a daily basis – doctors, restaurateurs, police officers, firefighters. They really are like a celebrity to our individuals because we rely on these local heroes to help us in day-to-day life,” she says.
Erwin said there will also be more than 20 information tables on site to provide families with available social services.
“The talent show brings everyone together to be entertained. By doing that, by bringing those information boards, he’s providing the information to the families that need it. We have everything from Valley Behavioral Services, Kendall Behavioral Services, Easter Seals, Tri-County Help. We have behavioral health from Cedar Ridge. We have these social services that come to show families what is out there,” she says.
Platinum sponsors of the event are the Oglebay Institute School of Dance, Shaheen Law Group, Snotty Pooch, Heritage Christian Childcare Center, IC Care and Kalkreuth Roofing. Sheetz in St. Clairsville donates all food and water for candidates and volunteers. Print N Copy, a gold sponsor, donated all publicity material for the event.
Erwin sent a special message “Thanks” to Cheryl Pompeo, dance teacher at the Oglebay Institute School of Dance, for all her hard work leading up to the show.
Erwin said they anticipate a good turnout and look forward to seeing everyone there. Admission and entertainment are free.