On Sunday, Savannah Purkey, 15, of Oak Grove, was presented with a first place trophy in the 2015 Missouri State Fair Idol competition by Tim Owens, a representative of Bimbo Bakeries. The competition, which is hosted on the Budweiser Stage at the MSF, is sponsored by Bimbo Bakeries.
Purkey placed first in the MSF Idol competition with Cameron Kopp, 19, of Cadet, coming in as the runner-up. During the competition, Purkey had a moment when her voice broke and Kopp broke a string on his guitar, but both handled their situations with grace and pose.
One of the six MSF Idol finalists, Bathsheba Love, of Marshall, sang a selection of Christian-themed music Sunday such as “Jesus Take the Wheel” by Carrie Underwood and “Shine” by Dolly Parton. “I love people to sing along with me,” she said. “I sing about my savior Jesus; that’s the only real man in my life.”
Before the MSF Idol finals began Sunday, the six finalists gathered together for some last minute encouragement from MSF Idol Program Coordinator Missy Mays. From left, Rita Maloney, of Columbia, Savannah Purkey, of Oak Grove, Bathsheba Love, of Marshall, Miranda Fuhr, of Brookfield, Cameron Kopp, of Cadet, and Chelcie Kimzey, of Springfield.
During her first set of two songs, Chelcie Kimzey sang “Swingin’” by John Anderson and “Two Black Cadillacs” by Carrie Underwood. In her second set she sang “Telescope” from the television show “Nashville” and “Something in the Water” by Carrie Underwood. “I’m so happy to live in America and for the soldiers who fight for our freedom,” Kimzey said.
Brookfield 16-year-old Miranda Fuhr performs “Put My Heart Down” by Sara Evans and “Gunpowder and Lead” by Miranda Lambert in her first set Sunday during the MSF Idol competition finals.
After singing her first set of songs, “Consider Me Gone” by Reba McEntire and “Breathe” by Faith Hill, Rita Maloney said she was “happy to be back at the Bud tent” this year. During her second set she sang “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan and “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia,” also by McEntire.
2015 MSF Idol runner-up Cameron Kopp broke a string on his guitar during his first set of two songs Sunday on the Budweiser Stage. Not letting it stop him, a relative brought over another guitar as he continued to sing. “Yeah, I broke a string,” he told the audience. “But I’m still a good strapping boy!”
Photos by Faith Bemiss | Democrat