For the 16th year in a row, Gold Eagle Casino has completed its Pride of the Northwest competition at the Events Centre.
There was $10,000 in prizes awarded in vocals and in jigging to amateur performers from throughout the Northwest, and a wide range of talent was on display. Preliminaries took place Feb. 27 and from a field of 70 competitors some 20 competitors remained, although one had to pull out from the finals due to illness.
The results are as follows:
In the category of women’s vocalist, Samantha Burnouf took first place for $1,500. Second through fifth went to Tanya May Hedrick for $1,000, Kimesha Clarke for $500, Amanda Coupal for $350 and Sheila Caisse for $250.
In the men’s vocalist category, Troy Wakelin took first place for a $1,500 prize. Roberto Pooyak finished second for a $1,000 prize, followed by Leon Kuhmayer ($500), Kiefer Paul ($350) and Harvey Gardipy ($250).
In the jigging competition, winners in the female category were Courtney Linklater ($700 first prize), Courtney Anaquad ($450) and Maggie Cuthand ($250). In the male category top prize went to Levi Highway ($700) followed by Charles Jackson ($450) and Allen Boucher ($250).
You can see the performances on the Gold Eagle Casino Facebook page, which has received more than 100,000 hits from people interested in the performers from this year’s Pride of the Northwest competition.