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Iroquois County Fair Talent Contest Rules

Wednesday, July 20, 2022
7:00 p.m.

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.

  5. Contestants must live in Illinois.

Talent Divisions
Junior Division – 14 years and under on July 20, 2022
Senior Division - 15-21 years as of July 20, 2022
Future Iroquois County Fair Stars – 8 years & under. (Not eligible for State Competition)


Contest Specific Rules

  1. Completed entry forms need to be mailed to Iroquois County Fair Office - Box 301 - Crescent City, IL 60928 and postmarked by the deadline date (May 1, 2022) 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 with the ticket that will be given to you.  You will be checked into the staging area by a committee member.

  4. Accompaniment CDs are acceptable. No like talent is allowed.  I.e. tap sound for tap dancers, back ground vocals for singers.  If you have any questions, please contact a committee member.

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

  6. There is a 3 minute setup time limit.

  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 waiver 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 Illinois or regularly enrolled in a school located in Illinois.

  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 divisions along with prize money of $100, $50, $25.

  14. The top 3 place contestants in 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 2023. 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 Sunday, May 22, 2022.  Information will be sent upon receipt of entry form.  If applicable, you will need to bring a CD or send mp3 music to  We are not set up to use music off of your phone.

  2. Auditioners will be notified by mail or email if they will be included in the show.  After auditions, contestants will be sent a complimentary gate pass and and an entrance ticket for infield access, (NO replacement passes or tickets 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


Chairman - Pat Ward - 815-383-1269

Pam Hibbert - 815-383-2965, Gary Cahoe - 815-471-4870 Jordyn Ward - 815-383-1271

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