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Amateur Talent Contests

MSF Amateur Talent Contest

Every night during the State Fair at 6 p.m., crowds converge at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell to witness an event almost as legendary as corndogs 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 to watch singers, dancers, instrumentalists, 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, Sept. 1, 2019. This final round of competition features the 26 remaining contestants competing for more than $20,000 in cash awards and JACK’S® Pizza prize packs!

Audition Information

Auditions for the 2019 Minnesota State Fair Amateur Talent Contest will be Monday, July 22 through Sunday, July 28 at the Bandshell. Auditions begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. From the acts that audition during that week, 30 preteen division acts, 42 teen division acts and 48 open division acts will advance to the semifinals during the State Fair. 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 2019 is now closed.

Interested in auditioning for the MSF Amateur Talent Contest in the future? To be added to next year’s mailing list, please email with your name and address included. Please note: in an effort to reduce paper consumption and to clean up the mailing list, only those who’ve auditioned in the last two years and those who’ve requested to be added to the mailing list in the past year will receive the rules and entry form in the mail.

MSF County Fair Talent Contest

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 at Baldwin Park with the nightly first place winners progressing to the MSF County Fair Talent Contest Finals, which take place on Saturday, Aug. 31. 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, Sept. 1 in the Grandstand.

For further information, please email