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NYS Fair Looking For National Anthem Performers

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The New York State Fair is looking for people to perform the National anthem each day of the fair’s 12-day run.

The fair’s “Star Spangled Challenge” contest is looking for New Yorkers to sing or play the National Anthem live on one of the fair’s 12 days.

The fair typically plays a recorded version of the anthem before the daily opening. The contest aims to find 12 people to perform the song twice in one day: once at 9:30 a.m. at the Chevy Court to open the fair, and again at 1 p.m. in the Toyota Coliseum to kick off afternoon equestrian competitions.

Contestants should videotape themselves singing or performing instrumentally the first verse of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Tapes should not exceed three minutes.

The videos can be uploaded to the fair’s Facebook page or emailed to

Winners will receive four admission tickets, a parking pass, and a $40 voucher good for purchases at the fair’s food stands.

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