Two of the winners of the July 4 Hannibal’s Got Talent contest were repeat winners from last year.

Two of the winners of the July 4 Hannibal’s Got Talent contest were repeat winners from last year.

Singing “I’m Country,” Brant Dooley, 19, of Hannibal, won the age 16 to 21 division again this year.

Ali Nicoles finished in second place, and Ashley Leffert, third.

Dooley, who is employed at Scott’s Minor Collisions, is happy to be a two-time winner and to be gaining experience on stage. He won the Hannibal’s Got Talent contest in 2013 by singing “Paint Me at Birmingham.”

Another repeat winner was Hannah Whitley, 14, doing a clogging dance to win the age 9 to 15 division.

Second place went to Evie Rodenbaugh, for playing guitar and singing, and third place went to Jessica McMillen, who also sang.

Whitley has been dancing at her Grandmother Barbara Stewart’s dance studio since she learned to walk (according to what her grandmother told her). She dances with the Twaintown Cloggers.

Whitley is in ninth grade at Hannibal High School and has been competing – and winning – the talent show since it was first scheduled by the Hannibal Jaycees during National Tom Sawyer Days.

In the age 0 to 8 years division Talent Show winners were Kiersi Wisecarver, first place, for playing the harmonica and singing, second place, Mary Waters for dancing, and third place, Alley Sims for singing.

Winners of the age 22 and older division did an unusual act called a fire show.

They were Josh Kainz and Kristin Gosnell  of Quincy, Ill.

Second place went to Kit Stathem for singing and third to Jamie Drebenstedt, also for singing.

Gosnell, a Culver-Stockton College student, explained she and Kainz did a “fire spinners” show, which is popular in Hawaii.  They use “a long chain link with a wick at the end,” she said. The wick is soaked in fuel and lit. “We spin it around and rotate it and it’s an art form called poi.

“It originated in New Zealand as a fighting style and was developed into a performing art.” Kainz has been doing it for six years and taught her two years ago. They perform for events and may be contacted on Facebook at Pyropet Productions.

Jennifer Foster, talent show spokesperson with the Hannibal Jaycees, said this year’s National Tom Sawyer Days was a big success, and the weather contributed to it.

“The concerts went great,” Foster added, and “we had a packed house all weekend” at Tanyard Gardens, where the talent show, concerts and other events are scheduled.

Also, she added, “Everybody was pleased with the new carnival.” This was Miller’s Spectacular Shows.