Nick Sabo/News Allison McClain performs “When We Were Young” Saturday at the Heart of Ohio USA Days Karaoke contest. McClain’s performance of the Adele hit and Pink’s “Glitter in the Air” won first prize.

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Allison McClain performs “When We Were Young” Saturday at the Heart of Ohio USA Days Karaoke contest. McClain’s performance of the Adele hit and Pink’s “Glitter in the Air” won first prize. View more photos

 

McClain sings her way to karaoke title at USA Days

Joshua Morrison/News Peter Hardwick, 11, hangs off the back of a Hardwick Tree Care truck waving at the camera during the 2018 Heart of Ohio USA Days Festival Parade on Saturday.

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Peter Hardwick, 11, hangs off the back of a Hardwick Tree Care truck waving at the camera during the 2018 Heart of Ohio USA Days Festival Parade on Saturday. View more photos

CENTERBURG — Allison McClain’s preferred singing venue is a toss-up between the car and the shower, but definitely not in front of a live audience.

While belting out Adele’s “When we Were Young” to take first place in the Centerburg Heart of Ohio USA Days Karaoke contest, McClain was fighting through more than the high and low notes. The Ashley resident has Aspergers Snydrome and getting in front of an audience is particularly difficult for her.

“Getting up in front of people and singing, it kind of freaks me out,” McClain said.

McClain said she doesn’t usually sing when there’s a Karaoke machine around or even when she’s in church. Making Saturday even more difficult was the fact that her mother, Tracey Hanna, was also competing in the karaoke contest.

“She doesn’t like to compete when I’m in it,” Hanna, who took fifth place, said. “I dragged her out last year and had to drag her back this year.”

McClain said she didn’t really think she was going to win. However, hitting the high notes, she thought she had a good chance.

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Joshua Morrison/News The Grand Marshal of Saturday’s Centerburg Heart of Ohio 2018 USA Days Festival Parade is Bob Griffith. Griffith was joined by granddaughters Cora, pictured in front, and Olivia Griffith.

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The Grand Marshal of Saturday’s Centerburg Heart of Ohio 2018 USA Days Festival Parade is Bob Griffith. Griffith was joined by granddaughters Cora, pictured in front, and Olivia Griffith. View more photos

 

 

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