Rainier Community Talent Show Returns for Second Showing

By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com
Posted 5/17/22

Organizers brought back the Rainier Community Talent Show on Saturday, May 14 after its first iteration in July of 2021 proved to be popular.

The event featured a heavily packed line of …

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Organizers brought back the Rainier Community Talent Show on Saturday, May 14 after its first iteration in July of 2021 proved to be popular.

The event featured a heavily packed line of participants brought together by organizer Veronica Brauer.

The talent show lasted four hours at Rainier High School and featured 19 adults and 17 children. Those numbers were more than three times of the first show last year where 10 people signed up to perform.

Brauer said the event is not a competition, but instead provides participants an opportunity to showcase their skills without any pressure.

Aside from organizing the talent show, Brauer also performed at the event as she danced the flamenco. Other acts included singers, musicians, stand-up comedians and dance performances.

Some of those who took to the stage included Gustavo Diaz who performed a Fortnite song, Elaina Brainard and Bailey Sowers who showcased their acrobatic skills, and Pastor Kurt Carter, who performed one of his church’s songs.



“The last two years, a lot of us have been living in fear and uncertainty, but the greatest weapon we have to combat fear and uncertainty is love,” Carter said following his performance.

In addition to the performances, a raffle fundraiser was held to gather funds for future community events. Raffle items included a hanging basket and a white decorative yard bicycle, along with gift baskets from Castle Realty and Turner’s Automotive.

Brauer said she was happy to host an event of its magnitude for the community of Rainier.

“I’m putting action into the steps to accomplish my dreams and express my love. I’m a simple woman that loves her family, friends and community,” said Brauer. “I hope this event can continue to create a fun time for our community.”

The idea for the Rainier Community Talent Show started two years back.

“After the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, Mr. George Johnson from the Rainier Senior Center and I talked about doing something for the community where we could gather and put aside the present troubles going on in the world,” Brauer said. “Eventually we came up with the idea of a talent show.”

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  • VBrauer2070

    The event was amazing!

    This could have not happened without our We Love Rainier organization and volunteers.

    Also our Rainier Senior Center and Castle Realty, Inc were our sponsors.

    I would love to mention everyone who contributed in order to make the Rainier Talent Event a dream come true, but I do not want to leave anybody our the list.

    You know who you are and what you did, and for that WE are beyond grateful! Love and Blessings, Veronica Brauer and Team Castle

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