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Photo by Charles Boothe: Performers for this year’s July 3 Rotary Club of Rocky Mount Independence Day Festival include winners of the annual talent show for schools. Pictured, above from left, are Rotary Club President-Elect Mark Hudzik, rising 10th-grader Ashley Hammock and The Blues Brothers, FCHS graduates Katelyn Holcomb (Elwood Blues) and Angeline Quinn (Jake Blues).

Monday, June 16, 2014

By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

This year's Independence Day Festival will feature special local talent, the winners of the last two Franklin County's Got Talent contests.

Ashley Hammock, who won the contest in the spring of 2013, will perform, as well as this year's winner, The Blues Brothers, a dance team of Katelyn Holcomb and Angeline Quinn.

The festival, sponsored by the Rocky Mount Rotary Club and set for Thursday, July 3, will also feature local band Barefoot West and The Other White Meat from Roanoke.

The talent show at Franklin County High School is for students and is sponsored by the Franklin County Public Schools Education Foundation.

The Blues Brothers both graduated from Franklin County High School last month and have been dancing since before elementary school.

Holcomb (Elwood Blues), the daughter of Pam and Tim Holcomb of Rocky Mount, said she started dancing when she was 4 and has been enrolled at the Blue Ridge Performing Arts Academy.

Quinn (Jake Blues), the daughter of Lonnie and Doris Quinn of Rocky Mount, started dancing in the first grade and also has taken dance lessons at the academy for years.

Although both have tried many forms of dancing, music from The Blues Brothers allows them more variety in their dancing, including tap.

"We've been dancing for years and we wanted do do something different," Holcomb said.

That "different" means dressing as the stars of the popular movie and even entering competitions.

Not only did the duo win this year's talent show for county schools, they also won the regionals in the Dance Machine Inc. competition. At the end of June, they will compete on the national level in Wilkesboro, N.C.

At the festival, they will take the stage at around 5:30 p.m. and perform several numbers from The Blues Brothers soundtrack.

Hammock, the daughter of Lisa and Clif Hammock of Glade Hill, said she just started taking guitar lessons four years ago, but she has always loved music.

"I have been singing since I could talk," she said.

Hammock has recently started taking piano lessons and prefers country music.

"I write a lot of my own music," she said, adding that she also performs with the Glade Hill Baptist Church band.

"We love to go places and play," she said.

Hammock, a rising sophomore at Franklin County High School, will perform right before 6 p.m.

The annual festival, which begins at 5 p.m., will also feature plenty of food and drink, activities for the kids and, of course, a huge fireworks display.

Rotary club members are now selling $100 raffle tickets for the cash giveaway, with drawings set for about 9 p.m. First prize is $5,000; second, $3,000; and third, $2,000.

Proceeds from the raffle will be used this year for the new 5-K Family Fitness Trail at Waid Park, which is a joint effort with the Rotary club and Franklin County.

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