The smell of funnel cake, sounds of giddy laughter and fun-fueled screams permeated the cool spring air Saturday evening at the .
On the main stage, a group of pre-teens and teens sung their hearts out hoping to be crowned the winner of the Hatboro’s Got Talent competition.
The winner, Spencer Camacho, 14, of Upper Moreland, performed two original piano-vocal compositions - “Mad Dog Shuffle” and “Only One.”
Camacho, who is a freshman at Upper Moreland High School, won a grand prize of two tickets to a broadway musical and a dinner gift certificate, courtesy of sponsor Local Living Magazine.
When Camacho finished performing the final song in the competition, “Only One,” the three judges looked at each other. It appeared they knew their choice for first place was Spencer.
“Every time you go up (on stage,) I see your name in bright lights,” Vonetta Carter, one of the judges, told the teen.
Judge Brian Lesnick said after the show that he was impressed by Spencer’s showmanship, stage presence and ability to sing, write and play piano.
“Also, the sophistication in which he is writing made him really stand out,” the former broadway performer added.
Spencer’s mother, Kristina, said her son has been entertaining the family since the day he was born.
"That kid has been a handful since day one, but I have high hopes for him,” Kristina said with a warm-hearted smile as she looked off to see her son talking to friends and family about his newly awarded prizes.
One of Spencer's biggest influences is Lady Gaga. He says he enjoys the singing superstar because she makes music that sticks with the listener and is highly original.
While Spencer, who learned to play piano about five years ago, was not sure his plans after high school, he reports that he currently enjoys making music that people can relate to and which can make a difference.
When not winning talent competitions, Spencer participates in several of his high school’s stage productions and events. He also plays multiple instruments in the school’s marching band, his mother said.
“He’s got what I never had - the courage to perform and not be shy,” his mother added.
The second place winner, Sami Mumford, won a prize valued at $250.
Third place winner, Teia Carter, received a prize pack estimated to be worth slightly less than $100.
All five of the contestants received several free acting classes at the Bucks County School of the Performing Arts in Doylestown.