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Fifth Annual Follies A Hit
Weeks of rehearsal culminated with a fantastic Farmington Follies talent show on Thursday evening, March 11 at the Escalon High School Performing Arts Center.

Students met in dress rehearsal on Wednesday morning, prepping for the Thursday night 'It's a Hoedown!' follies performance. This year marked the fifth annual event, hosted by the Farmington PTC, Parent Teacher Committee.

Several parents, with help from the staff at Farmington, organized the show and worked with students on acts ranging from magic to music, dance to a band medley.

Providing the piano accompaniment between acts was LaDonna Humphrey, and several students served as emcees for the evening.

Farmington Principal Bob Amato said sponsors of the show donated some $5,300 to help put on the program. The full cast, featuring students from kindergarten through fifth grade, was on stage for both the opening number and the finale, with groups and solo performers filling the spaces in between.

Thirteen performances were included in Act I, following the full cast opening, and a dozen were featured in Act II, followed by the finale. The cast gathered on staged to sing Lee Greenwood's 'God Bless the U.S.A.' and members of the Escalon American Legion Gustafson-Thompson Post came on stage during the song, bearing the colors, taking a spot of honor as the youngsters saluted behind them.

Throughout the show, acts such as the Cha Cha Slide, the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and the Hoe Down Throw Down kept the crowd entertained.

"I think everybody in our whole community was extremely proud of the kids and it was a wonderful show that expressed our values," explained Amato. "The patriotism flair at the end, with the VFW presenting the colors, the crowd went wild and it's the kind of show that makes everyone feel good."

There were multiple sponsors for the show, ranging from area businesses to individuals, providing various levels of support.