talent contest singer on stage

IMPORTANT NOTE: The following information pertains to the 2014 Minnesota State Fair.
Please check back in the spring for information on the 2015 Great Minnesota Get-Together.


Every night at 6 p.m. crowds converge at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell to witness an event almost as legendary as corn dogs and cotton candy. The annual Minnesota State Fair Amateur Talent Contest semifinals draw hundreds of fair guests who grab a seat, or a Leinie Lounger, and watch singers, cloggers and every type of performer in between compete for the right to be named Minnesota’s top talent. Nightly first place winners compete in the Amateur Talent Contest Finals, held in the Grandstand on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014.

Audition Information

Auditions for the 2014 Minnesota State Fair Amateur Talent Contest will be Monday, July 28 through Sunday, August 3 at the Bandshell. From the acts that audition during that week, thirty Preteen division acts, thirty Teen division acts and sixty Open division acts will advance to the semifinals. All acts who audition will receive a letter in the mail to let them know whether or not they are a semifinalist. Please allow approximately 7-10 days from the completion of all auditions to receive your letter.

Registration for 2014 is now closed. Registration deadline: all applications must be received in the entertainment offices by 4 p.m. on Monday, July 28, 2014.

Interested in auditioning for the 2015 MSF Amateur Talent Contest? To be added to the mailing list, please click here and send us an email with your address included.

To request a list of semifinalists, please stop by the entertainment offices after August 15 or send us an email.


County fairs throughout Minnesota are invited to send winners of their amateur talent contests to the State Fair competition. Semifinals are held the first nine evenings of the State Fair on the Family Fair Stage in Baldwin Park with the nightly first place winners progressing to the MSF County Fair Talent Contest Finals, which take place on the tenth night of the fair. The first and second place finals winners in each division continue on in the competition by representing their counties in the Minnesota State Fair Amateur Talent Contest Finals on Sunday, Aug. 31 in the Grandstand.

For further information, please email the entertainment department.



2014 Registration Now Closed

If you would like to be added to our mailing list for the 2015 Amateur Talent Contest, please click here.