AUSTIN EDITION Fair seeks performers for talent contest

Mower County is looking for local talent to be part of this year's Fair Amateur Talent Contest.

The contest has three divisions: pre-teen -- ages 12 and younger; teens -- 13 through 19 years; and open, for any age.

The event is scheduled for 1 p.m. Aug. 13 on Godfather's Fair Square Stage, across from the grandstand.

Professional judges will award three places in each division. Winners in each division will move on to perform at the Minnesota State Fair, which starts the last week in August. First-, second- and third-place winners will receive $40, $30 and $20, respectively, at the county level. The cost to enter is $10.

Entry forms may be found in the fair book, online at or by e-mailing


For more information, call coordinator Vandy Newman at 437-4437 or the fair office, 433-1868, and ask for the office manager. Deadline for entries is Aug. 11.

Participants must be Mower County residents. If using a background tape, there cannot be any background voices. Pieces for the state contest cannot be longer than four minutes.

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