2020 Iroquois County Fair - July 15 - 20, 2020

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Iroquois County Fair Talent Contest Rules

Friday, July 19, 2019

5:30 p.m.

Grandstand

  1. NOTE:  WE ARE PERFORMING AT THE GRANDSTAND THIS YEAR!

  2. Age Division Requirements (Classifications refer to both solo and group)

    1. Junior Division:  all contestants must be 9- 14 years old on the date of the local contest.  They may be 15 years old when competing at the State Level the following January.

    2. Senior Division: all contestants must be between the ages of 15-21 years of age on the date of the local contest.  They may be 22 years old when competing at the State level the following January.

    3. Mixed ages must compete in the division of the oldest member of the group.     

    4. Previous state level winners MAY compete again if all other qualifications are met.

  3. Talent Divisions 

                           Junior Division – 14 years and under by July 19, 2019          

                           Senior Division – 15 years to 21 as of July 19, 2019            

                           Future Iroquois County Fair Stars – 8 years & under. (Not eligible for State Competition)  

Contest Specific Rules

  1. Completed entries need to be received by the deadline date (June 1, 2019) by the Iroquois County Fair Office - Box 301 - Crescent City, IL 60928.  All entries must be mailed with a post mark.  No entries will be accepted in person.  Group entries may be mailed together in one envelope. (All group forms must be received for the group to qualify)

  2. All Contestants may appear in multiple acts with a maximum of 2.

  3. Contestants are asked to enter the talent show through the east arena gate. They will be checked into the staging area by a committee member.

  4. Accompaniment CD’s are acceptable.  No like talent is allowed. Ie tap sound for tap dancers, back ground vocals for singers.

  5. Any act that goes over four (4) minutes performance time will be disqualified.

  6. There is a 3- minute setup time.

  7. All vocal acts must be memorized.

  8. All contestants are responsible for making his or her own entry including their legal name.  Alternates in group performances must also fill out a form.  Correctly completed forms must be postmarked by deadline date.  Groups may NOT include a name of a business, school, organization or other community service group.

  9. 1st place winners from another fair talent show this season may only participate as an exhibition. 1st place winners from our Iroquois County 4-H and Agricultural Fair will be asked to sign a waver in agreement that they will represent Iroquois County and not another county at the State Fair Talent Show.

  10. All contestants must be single and never married and a resident of Iroquois County or regularly enrolled in a school located in Iroquois County.

  11. Contestants must supply their own equipment.  Microphones, CD player and plug ins for contestants’ instruments will be provided by the fair’s hired sound personnel.

  12. Judging is based on one hundred (100) points.  Costume-10, Audience appeal-10, Stage presence-30, Ability-50.  Decisions of the judges will be final.

  13. Participation ribbons will be awarded to all contestants.  Trophies will be awarded to the top 3 place contestants in both competitive divisions along with prize money of $100, $50, $25.

  14. Future Iroquois County Fair Stars Division will each receive a ribbon and trophy only. 

  15. Entry Fee and a stipend of $75 will be provided for 1st place winners in the Junior & Senior Division for State Competition in January 2020.  If the 1st place winner does not appear at the state contest, the 2nd place winner will be eligible.

Extraneous Rules

  1. All contestants will need to attend auditions on Thursday June 13 beginning at 4:00 p.m.  Information will be sent upon receipt of entry form.

  2. Contestants will be notified by mail after auditions along with a complimentary gate pass and an entrance ticket for infield access, (NO replacement passes will be issued).  Contestants will have to be checked into the staging area by a member of the committee on the East side of the performance stage.

  3. State level is described as the IAAF Talent Show in Springfield the following January.

  4. To be able to represent Iroquois County at the IAAF Convention, contestants must meet the official rules of the IAAF talent show.

  5. Rules of the above IAAF Talent Show State will be used as guidelines for our contest.

Trophies donated by Country Theatre Workshop, Cissna Park, IL

TALENT COMMITTEE

Chairman - Pat Ward - 815-698-2292

Pam Hibbert - 815-694-2965, Gary Cahoe - 815-471-4870

Alyssa Norden - 815-325-2105, Daniel Lesch - 815-383-7718