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VAN WERT — It is the state’s chance to shine.

Twenty various acts from throughout Ohio and parts of Indiana will come together Saturday at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert for “Ohio Has Talent.”

“This is our seventh year and it benefits the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center, which is a standalone inpatient hospice center that serves patients throughout the region,” Greg Yinger, public education coordinator for Community Health Professionals, said.

Getting down to 20 acts was not an easy task for the organizers.

“We did auditions last November and had about 60 or 80 acts,” Yinger said. “Then after two days of auditions, we got it down to 20. We have three acts from Indiana, so it’s not just for Ohio, but it’s a regional competition.”

While many equate talent shows to singers, “Ohio Has Talent” promises a variety of acts.

“The majority of them are singers, but this year, we also have a juggler, a piano playing duo, an illusionist, a violinist, a pair that do a piano comedy routine and a dance duo,” Yinger said. “It’s a variety this year.”

This event even has connections to the wider known “America’s Got Talent,” broadcast on NBC.

“Their producers have contacted us the last couple of years about auditioning people from this show for theirs,” Yinger said. “There are two or three acts this year who have or will audition for their show. We’re not necessarily affiliated with them, but there are some connections there.”

Yinger hopes that this competition will be a springboard for local acts hoping to make it big.

“It’s great exposure, especially for younger people.”

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