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Fair Talent Showcase

Sponsored by: ILION TRUE VALUE

Saturday, August 17th @ 1:00p.m.

Department: RA
Herkimer County Fair
Superintendant: Gerry Elthorp
Sound Assistant:  John Cook
Premiums in each division:
1st - $50.00 & Trophy;  2nd - $25.00 & Trophy;  3rd - $15.00 & Trophy
High Point Overall - $60.00 - John Burr Memorial Trophy

***Talent Applications due by August 17th***

 Printable application HERE


All type of amateur performers will be accepted within the following rules:


  1. Application may be requested by mail, or printed HERE.  -- all applications due by August 15th.  Number of acts will be limited

  2. Each act must not exceed five (5) minutes Any act over 5 minutes will result in disqualification.

  3. Once the performance begins, you may not start over.

  4. A contestant can only perform once in a division -see divisions below.  

  5. A contestant is limited to two divisions. The rules for the County fair Talent Show differ from the State Fair Rules in regards to the number of acts a contestant can perform.

  6. Your Recorded song must be the only song on cassette or CD and must be clearly labeled with name and song title

  7. Contestants using recorded music must deliver the cassette or CD by August 18th in order to test compatibility.

  8. A Singing contestant's CD, cassette, USB memory stick, or SD card must only include music (No Vocals). No E-Mail music accepted.

  9. Professional conduct is expected from each and every performer, participant, parent, and teacher. Misconduct may result in forfeiture of prizes.

  10. Remember this a County Fair Competition -an act that is considered inappropriate in music lyric or dance will be disqualified

  11. Contestants and parents are not allowed near the judging or sound table during the show - all dance or vocal coaches must remain behind the sound/judge table.

  12. Prize Checks will be mailed to whose name appears on the application and must be cashed within 30 days

  13. This talent show competition is the official preliminary to the State Fair Talent Showcase. To be eligible to compete in the state fair, contestants must have placed within the top 25 in either the mini or maxi division. Certain acts permitted at this county fair may not be allowed at State Fair.

  14. Contestants are judged on talent, personality, and dress appropriate for act.

  15. If a contestant sings, they will be judged for singing ability.

  16. Age determined as of Sept. 1st.

  17. Superintendant has the right to combine divisions.



AGE Divisions as follows:
Maxi showcase - contestants must be age 13 & over
Mini Showcase - contestants must be age 12 & under
The 50% rule will apply if in a duo.  If one contestant is 12 & the other 13, they will compete in maxi.



Division 1 Mini Dance Solo

Division 2 Maxi Dance Solo

Division 3 Mini Vocal Solo

Division 4 Max Vocal Solo

Division 5 Group Vocal or Dance (any age - 2 or more)

Division 6 Group Dance (any age - 2 or more)

Division 7 Misc (any age) Non Vocal, Non Dance

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