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April 27, 28 and 29th, 2018

New-Theme maple fest logo Vermont-Maple-Syrup-Festival


Division I

First Place: Emma Archambault & Haylee Newhall Dance

Second Place: Summer Boutin Vocal

Third Place: Ava Hutchins, Olivia Sauve & Kaylee Bumgrardner Vocal


Division II

First Place: Foster Hutchins Irish Dance

Second Place: Brynn Bessette & Madyson Poirier Tap Dance

Third Place: Richard Young Piano


Division III

First Place: Henry Wu Piano

Second Place: Luke Bult Piano

Third Place: Nathan Wu Violin


Division IV

First Place: Alexandra Diehl Ballet

Second Place: Justine Blanchet Vocal

Third Place: Gracie West Tap


Ducham Award

Foster Hutchins Irish Dance

The 2017 Youth Talent Show

Presented by Peoples Trust Company


Bellows Free Academy

Performing Arts Theater

Main St.  St. Albans VT 05478

For further information about the Youth Talent Show, please contact Melissa Belrose at



The Youth Talent Show is sponsored by Peoples Trust Company.

Scholarship Sponsors are Peoples Trust Company, Desorcie's Market, Kissane Associates, and O.C. McCuin & Sons, St. Albans Rotary & Fantasy Football Draft Board.com

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The talent show will be held on Friday April 28, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

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It should be understood by the Judges that the “HIGHEST” of standards should be used in Awarding this Plaque.


The following “CRITERIA” will be used to determine the winner:

•             He/She shall be a CATEGORY winner (single or member of a group).


•             He/She shall possess a true and identifiable Performing Art Talent.


•             He/She shall display AUDIENCE APPEAL.


•             He/She shall possess the quality of SHARING through Talent.



     This award was created in 1983 by the Vermont Maple Festival Council to honor the memory of Johnette, David and John Ducham, who perished in a fire on March 8, 1983. The Ducham children had been participants in the Talent Show since its inception four years earlier. Johnette “Sissy” was a first place winner in 1982.

     So, the Council, in appreciation of their varied musical talents, thought it most appropriate to honor the Ducham children in this manner.



The Vermont Maple Festival Talent Show has taken great pride to provide scholarships in any category of the arts such as musical instruments, dance, voice etc. for our talented children in the arts. The scholarships are assigned to their professional teacher to help pay for lessons or a music camp for participants in the talent show. These individuals are judged by a mixture of professional teachers in music, dance, vocal and our contributors. Each individual act must audition to become a participant, partake in dress rehearsal night and perform in the final show. Each judge is responsible to score their performance using 6 major categories. We have 4 Divisions representing Grades 1-12 awarding 1st - 2nd and 3rd place trophies for each division. Many of our participants strive to achieve the prestigious Ducham Award which is presented to them at a school assembly. Through the years we are very proud to announce many success stories, college graduates becoming professional Music Teachers in New York City, Dance and Choreography, ballet at the Juilliard School of Performing Art and our local celebrity Keegan Nolan.


          For scholarships “ONLY SOLO” performances will be accepted for accurate and precise judging. Participants will be eligible to apply for the scholarships, which will be based on potential for improvement by formal lessons.


          This year we are proud to announce the following Scholarships:

Vermont Maple Festival Council  $1000.00, Peoples Trust Company  $300.00,  McCuin &Sons $200.00 (Corey & Owen McCuin), St.Albans Rotary $150.00 (Rene Meilleur), Desorcie's Market $100.00 (David Desorcie), and Kissane & Associates $50.00 (Jesse Bugbee) fantasyfootballdraftboard.net/Kyle Bombardier $50.00.


          Our scholarship contributors have the opportunity to advertise in our program, on our web-site and display a sign at our show. The contributors will receive a formal letter announcing their scholarship recipient winners.

Click here for 2017 Talent Show Application

Tickets are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 children 12 and under.  They may be purchased in advance at the Maple Festival office during the festival or at the door before the show

2016 Youth Talent Show Winners