Alex's quest ndash to find moura's hidden talent

NEW TRICKS: Alex Gentle tries to coax her dog Delta into preparing an act for the upcoming Moura’s Outback Talent Quest.
NEW TRICKS: Alex Gentle tries to coax her dog Delta into preparing an act for the upcoming Moura’s Outback Talent Quest.

DOES your dog know a trick or two? Can you belt out a tune on the old spoons? Or does your footy team feel like putting on a skit?

These are the types of performances Alex Gentle is hoping grace the stage of the first ever Moura Outback Talent Quest on Wednesday, August 19.

One of the mainstays of the Moura Coal and Country Festival, the mid-week school concert, collapsed this year, prompting Alex to launch the quest.

“I was originally going to enter as a Coal and Country Festival Princess entrant, however, due to some prior commitments, it turned out that I would not be in town on the date of the festival ball,” Alex said.

“As I still wanted to participate in the festival, I put my hand up to take on the community concert.”

The regular school concert was cancelled after the teacher who normally ran the event left.

Alex said she came up with the idea of staging the Outback Talent Quest event to replace the concert.

“Keeping with tradition, the event will be staged on Wednesday night,” she said.

“If we get a good response, there may be potential for the concert to become a main feature of the festival.”

Alex said she needed people or groups to nominate for the talent quest and that in addition to Moura nominations, she was hoping to get nominations from other towns in the region.

“We want it to be fun.

“Singers, bush poets, dancers and musicians are encouraged to take to the stage, but we are also looking for some unusual and 'not-so-serious' acts.

“Singing birds, yodelling kids, corny comedians or mime artists - it doesn't matter - it is all about having fun.”

The talent quest will be judged by the Moura Coal and Country Festival Princess entrants with prize money for first, second and third place up for grabs in both junior and senior categories.

To nominate or for more information, contact Alex at

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