Oh Say Can You Sing
Do you have what it takes to be a star? The Washington State Fair is giving you the chance to perform the National Anthem LIVE on stage in front of thousands of fans at one of our 2017 concerts or rodeo events. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform on the same stage as hundreds of stars that have graced the Fair's iconic Grandstand.
HOW TO ENTER
The contest is open to individuals or groups that are residents of the state of Washington and are at least 18 years of age or older. Parents or legal guardians may enter the performance of a minor in their care. If you are a parent or guardian submitting a minor's entry, you must complete the Parental Consent Form along with your entry. The maximum group size is 30 members.
Round 1: Video Entries
Entrants must create an audition video of them performing the first verse of the Star Spangled Banner. Videos must not exceed two minutes in length and should not include any props. To view the complete lyrics in the first verse of the Star Spangled Banner, click here.
Entrants have two options for submitting their audition video to the Fair:
- YouTube Submission - To submit an audition video through YouTube, entrants must log on to www.youtube.com and upload their video to their personal YouTube account. Once the video has been uploaded to YouTube, entrants must fill out the official electronic online entry form (located at the bottom of this page) and provide a link to their uploaded YouTube video. Please note, the YouTube video settings must be set to "Public" in order for your video to be judged. A YouTube account is required in order to post a video. Visit www.youtube.com to create a free account.
- Mail Submission - To submit an audition video via mail, entrants should complete and print the official mail contest entry form along with a DVD of their audition video by mail to: Washington State Fair, Attn: National Anthem Contest Coordinator, 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA 98371. Download the mail version of the contest entry form HERE. Please see the contest rules for the list of acceptable video file formats.
Round 2: Semi-Finalists
40 Semi-Finalists will be selected from all video entries received and announced on March 27, 2017. Semi-Finalists will be invited to perform live in front of a panel of judges at a special event during 2017 Washington State Spring Fair, April 20 - 23. All Semi-Finalists will receive four tickets to the Spring Fair plus six admissions the Washington State Fair, September 1 - 24, 2017.
Wild Card Voting: From May 1 - 7, 2017 the public will have a chance to vote online for their favorite Semi-Finalist and move them directly into a Grand Prize winning position.
Grand Prize Winners
The top 20 best performances from the Semi-Finalist round will be selected as Grand Prize Winners by a panel of judges. In addition, one additional Grand Prize Winner will be chosen from the Wild Card Voting by Fair Facebook fans, for a total of 21 Grand Prize Winners. Each Grand Prize Winner will perform the National Anthem live at one of the 2017 Washington State Fair concerts or rodeo performances. In addition to the opportunity to sing the National Anthem, Grand Prize winners will receive:
- Six tickets to the concert or rodeo performance on the evening of their National Anthem performance
- $200 cash
- Fair gift bag
- One night hotel accommodations, double occupancy, within 15 mile radius of the Washington State Fair (only applies to winners who live outside a 100 mile radius of the Washington State Fair Events Center)
View the Entries
Select video entries will be posted on the Washington State Fair YouTube page. Check out our page to see the competition!
View the complete contest rules and terms here
Download the Parental Consent Form
Contest Ends: February 27th, 2017