A variety show for all ages takes center stage at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell. A State Fair favorite for 48 years, the Amateur Talent Contest features top talent in three divisions: open, teen and preteen. One hundred twenty semifinalists, selected from more than 400 acts who auditioned this summer, compete for more than $20,000 in cash awards. Winners are chosen nightly Aug. 26 through Sept 4 for a spot to compete in the Amateur Talent Contest Finals in the Grandstand on Sunday, Sept. 5. Don't miss this State Fair tradition!