By Jen Bakken
When 5-year-old Justin May of Delano auditioned for the Wright County Fair Talent Show, he wasn’t shy at all.
This irresistibly cute boy not only received a spot in the talent show, but ended up taking first place in the “pre-teen 12-years and under” division.
Justin walked on stage July 24 at the Wright County Fair in Howard Lake, proudly sporting a brown cowboy hat, and showed off his dancing skills to country artist Tracy Byrd’s song, “I’m From the Country.”
“There were four contestants for his age group, and the judges liked him,” said Gloria Triebwasser, a representative from the Wright County Fair Talent Show. “They noted that he was great and his stage presence is right on.”
As Justin’s mother, Alisa May, a 1990 Delano High School graduate, heard her son announced the first place winner she couldn’t believe her ears.
“I had my video camera, and if you watch the video, right when they said he won, it goes all over the place,” Alisa said. “I was so surprised.”
Justin has been taking dance lessons since the age of 3, and has always loved music. This fall, he will begin kindergarten at St. Peter’s Catholic School, as well as dance lessons at Star Seekers Productions in Delano.
He loves the Alvin and the Chipmunks movie soundtrack and even has a favorite dance move.
“It’s my secret move,” he said with an ear-to-ear grin. “Shakin’ my booty.”
Though not sure exactly what he will do with the $100 prize he received from winning his first talent competition, he does know he will spend it.
“I’m gonna buy some stuff,” he said.
His mother and grandmother, Helen Rackliffe of Watertown, admit Justin seems more excited about the trophy than he does about the prize money, and one of his cousins was a little jealous, which Justin enjoyed as well.
The family encourages the Delano community to come and support Justin when he performs at the State Fair talent show Thursday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Baldwin Park Stage.
“At home he practices kind of half-hearted,” Alisa said. “But, when he gets up there, he just puts it on.”