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Saranac Lake Talent show canceled

SARANAC LAKE - Event organizers have decided to cancel an upcoming fundraiser for Lift Mt. Pisgah, citing a failure to assemble enough entertainment.

The Saranac Lake Talent Show, originally scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 23, has been canceled due to lack of entries.

Gail Brill is a member of the event's steering committee. She said the goal was to assemble at least 16 acts for what was to be the fifth annual talent show, but with little more than a week before the event, only nine had signed up.

"It is the feeling of the committee that by resting the show and taking a year off, it will help energize folks to come forward earlier next year with new and more varied talents to showcase," said Brill. "We apologize to the acts that did come forward, but hope they will consider signing up for next year's show."

The Adirondack Unitarian Universalist Community offered to sponsor the show this year in lieu of holding their annual Harvest Dinner. Lift Mt. Pisgah was chosen as a partnering beneficiary, and was charged with helping to promote the event and sell advertising and tickets. Past talent shows have raised upwards of $6,000 that benefitted organizations like the Tri-Lakes Humane Society and The Adirondack Carousel.

Organizers of the event have been soliciting for participants since late November, requesting a $5 application fee, but the number of applicants never reached the original goal of 20-25 acts.

All entry fees and advertising funds for the program will be returned, Brill said, promising that next year's talent show will again try to raise funds for Lift Mt. Pisgah.

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