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Make Your Voice Heard at the SD State Fair







For Immediate Release: July 25, 2017

Media Contact: Candi Briley, 605-353-7354


Make Your Voice Heard at the SD State Fair


(HURON, SD) - Local singers can make their voices heard this September at the Dakota Star Talent Competition sponsored by Dakotaland Federal Credit Union at the South Dakota State Fair. More than $2,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to Dakota Star division winners.


The grand prize winner in the adult division wins the title of “2017 Dakota Star,” along with a cash prize of $1,000 and the opportunity to star in his/her own commercial promoting Dakota Star on KTTW Fox. New this year, the winner will be awarded a three-hour recording studio session with Cathouse Studio. The winner will also have the opportunity to perform on the NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage during the 2018 South Dakota State Fair and emcee the 2018 Dakota Star talent competition. The 2016 Dakota Star is Kaila (Tingle) Dakota from Aurora, S.D.


“Each year it’s exciting to listen to the amazing voices from across South Dakota,” said Peggy Besch, State Fair manager. “We have wanted to add back in the recording studio session for quite some time so when a time slot was lined up with Cathouse Studios, we were pleased and thrilled to offer it as part of the grand prize package.”


There are three age divisions for Dakota Star – Children (up to 11 years), Junior (12 through 17 years) and Adult (18 years and older). Applications for the 15th Annual Dakota Star Talent Competition sponsored by Dakotaland Federal Credit Union are now available online at www.sdstatefair.com or at the State Fair office. The deadline for entering the talent competition is Monday, Aug. 21, at 5 p.m. 


Preliminary competition begins on Friday, Sept. 1 and ends on Sunday, Sept.3. Dakota Star finals will be held on Monday, Sept. 4. The talent competition is held on the NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage.


Sponsors of the 2017 Dakota Star are Dakotaland Federal Credit Union and KTTW-FOX. Dakotaland Federal Credit Union has locations in Huron, Volga, Brookings, Madison, Redfield, DeSmet, Mitchell and Woonsocket, and is coming soon to Watertown. With 32,000 members and $310 million in assets, Dakotaland continues to be locally owned and operated offering a full-line of financial services to its membership since 1935.


The 2017 SD State Fair will run from Thursday, Aug. 31, through Monday, Sept. 5. Channel Seeds Preview night will be Wednesday, Aug. 30. This year’s theme is “Seriously Twisted Fun!” For more information on State Fair events, contact the Fair office at 800-529-0900, visit www.sdstatefair.com or find them on Facebook or Twitter.


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