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May 31, 2016
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America’s got talent!

The historic firehouse in Roscoe, NY was built in 1929 and now houses the equipment necessary to create Bootlegger 21 vodka.

Young re-enactor Brett Dirie’s salute to our troops brought a tear to the eye, as did Silvia Hoffmanbeck’s angelic voice, while Kathy Aleschus’ rendition of “Baby Face” with partner Andy White encouraged tears of laughter. Kathy Bernitt, Richard Barkley, Ken Rodgers, Lou Setren, violinist Amelia Brooks and future American Idol contestant Jeff Newton serenaded, strummed and strutted the stage along with the rest of the talented cast. Judges Montana and Dharma made sure that everyone (deservedly) received an award. Distillers, entrepreneurs and banjo players all have something in common in the mountains we call home, proving that reality TV has got nothin’ on us. These folks are America and boy, have they got talent!

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