Talent Show

The talent show contest is open to all amateur entertainers.

There is no fee or pre-registration to audition. All contestants will be judged on quality of performance, stage presence, entertainment value, and selection. The Washington County Fair Amateur Talent Show adheres to the guidelines set by the Minnesota State Fair Amateur Talent Show.

Auditions

Auditions for the Washington County Fair Amateur Talent Shows will be held in the Park Pavilion on the fairgrounds. Attend the audition day of your choice, but you must attend one of these auditions to be considered for the Washington County Talent Show. There are no other available dates/times for auditions.

2021 Dates to be announced at a later date.

Three Divisions of Competition:

Pre-Teen Division

Contestants 12 years of age and younger

Teen Division

Contestants 13 – 18 years of age

Open Division

Open to all contestants, regardless of age

Finalist Performance Dates

Finalists in each division will perform at the Washington County Fair in the Park Pavilion.

2021 Dates to be announced at a later date.

Prizes

Cash Prizes will be awarded to winners in each division:

Pre-Teen Division

  • 1st Place – $75
  • 2nd Place – $60
  • 3rd Place – $50
  • 4th Place – $40

Teen Division

  • 1st Place – $75
  • 2nd Place – $60
  • 3rd Place – $50
  • 4th Place – $40

Open Division

  • 1st Place – $100
  • 2nd Place – $80
  • 3rd Place – $60
  • 4th Place – $40

* Plus entry as a semi-finalist in the County Fair Amateur Talent Contest during the Minnesota State Fair

Additional Information

ALL AUDIO and MUSIC MUST BE ON AN AUDIO CD and labeled

NO CELL PHONES/USB THUMB DRIVES FOR AUDIO and MUSIC (due to issues such as passcodes on phones, compatibility, etc.)

Performances are limited to four minutes. Contestants are allowed to perform a medley of tunes, but must remain within the four-minute time limit.

Vocalists may use taped accompaniment, provided the tape contains musical accompaniment ONLY…absolutely no vocals of any kind are allowed on tape (State Fair rules).

Contestants may only audition one act.

Washington County is a family fair. Please see that the act you choose is an age appropriate piece in regards to content and costume.

The Park Pavilion is an outdoor facility with a roof. The stage is 40 feet wide and 20 feet deep, with a wood floor. Contestants are encouraged to come in costume, since the changing facilities are small.

The Washington County Fair operates an “All Pay Gate” policy. All contestants are responsible for gate admission. Parking is free.

If the 2019 talent show first place winner chooses to compete in 2020:

  • The Pre-Teen Division winner is required to audition in the Teen or Open Division
  • The Teen Division winner is required to audition in the Open Division
  • The Open Division is not eligible to participate in 2020

For more information please call or email Kim:  (651) 433-0103 or washingtoncofair@gmail.com