AGE REQUIREMENT: Contest is open to qualified persons
in Missouri who are at least fifteen (15) years of age.
Proof of age may be required. An entry form must be submitted
to the Missouri State Fair, or to a participating media partner,
in order to be considered for the contest. Entry form is
ELIGIBILITY: Contestants will sing alone on stage in all
rounds. One live accompanist playing a stringed instrument
is allowed on stage with the contestant. This individual may
not sing along, however. Guitar player must bring guitar instrument
cord if needed. Members and immediate family
members of the Missouri State Fair, media partners and their
vendors are not eligible to participate in the contest. This includes,
but is not limited to: spouse, parents, children, and/
or relatives residing with such parties.
QUALIFY: There are two ways to qualify for this contest:
A. Participation and qualification in one of the contests
sponsored by a Missouri State Fair Homegrown Singer media
partner. A complete list of media partners will be available here soon.
B. Submit an audition video (YouTube link, DVD or MP3)
to the Missouri State Fair, Attention: Missouri State Fair
Homegrown Singer. 2503 W. 16th St. Sedalia, MO 65301 or
send links to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline
for submission videos is July 23, 2021. If submitting audition
video: Length of material is not to exceed 4 minutes; tapes/
discs/flash drives will not be returned; should consist of an
authentic vocal performance singing a cappella, with an accompaniment
CD, with one live stringed instrument accompanist,
or with the performer playing a stringed instrument.
No live background vocal assist is allowed (background vocals
and music from the accompaniment music are allowed);
no explicit content/lyrics are allowed; a completed entry form
must accompany the video.
Schedule: Four preliminary rounds will be held, one each day
Aug 12 to 15, with the judges choosing contestants to advance
to the semifinals. Three (3) semifinal rounds will be held, one
each day, Aug 19 to 21, with the judges choosing contestants
to advance to the finals. The final round will be held Aug 22
with one winner being named the 2021 Homegrown Singer.
Song Type: Contestants are reminded that all songs sung
must be appropriate to a family-friendly audience and songs
with explicit content/lyrics are not allowed and will result in
Performance Type: Contestants should prepare authentic
vocal performances singing a cappella, with accompaniment
CD, with one live stringed instrument accompanist or with
the contestant playing a stringed instrument as they sing. Live
accompanist are not allowed to sing along with the contestant
or provide any background vocals. Any exceptions to these
rules must be approved by the Missouri State Fair by July 28.
PRELIMINARIES: Preliminary rounds will be held at 4 p.m.,
Aug 12 to 15 in the Budweiser Tent. Preliminary round contestants
should be prepared to sing up to two (2) songs on
their performance date. Preliminary contestants who will be
singing to an accompanying song are required to send a copy
(on a CD free from scratches or damage) or email MP3 to the
Fair prior to performance. Those playing a stringed instrument
or having one stringed instrument accompanist do not
need to supply any music in advance.
SEMIFINALS: Semifinals rounds will be held at 4 p.m., Aug
19 to 21 in the Budweiser Tent. Semifinal round contestants
should be prepared to sing up to two (2) songs on their performance
date. Some of the songs may be the same one sung
in the preliminary round, or he/she may choose to sing different
songs. Semifinal contestants who will be singing to an
accompanying song are required to send a copy (on a CD free
from scratches or damage) or email MP3 to the Fair prior to
their performance. Those playing a stringed instrument or
having one stringed instrument accompanist do not need to
supply any music in advance.
FINALS: Finals will be held at 2 p.m., Aug 22 in the Budweiser
Tent with the 2021 Missouri State Fair Homegrown
Singer being named. Final round contestants should be prepared
to sing up to three (3) songs on their performance date.
Some of the songs may be the same as sung in the semifinal/
preliminary rounds, or he/she may choose to sing different
songs. Final contestants who will be singing to an accompanying
song are required to send a copy (on a CD free from
scratches or damage or email MP3 to the Fair prior to their
performance. Those playing a stringed instrument or having
one stringed instrument accompanist do not need to supply
any music in advance. Contest rules and format are subject
CONTESTANT AVAILABILITY: Qualifying contestants
are required to perform in one of the qualifying rounds Aug
12 to 15. Those advancing to the semi-finals will be required
to perform in one of the semi-final rounds Aug 19 to 21. Final
contestants will be required to perform in the final round
Aug 22. The qualifying contestants chosen in the preliminary
rounds MUST be the ones to appear at the semifinal and final
rounds. Spouses, children, relatives, etc., will not be allowed
to show verification for the qualifying contestant.
CONSENT: To be eligible for the grand prize, contestants
will be required to sign written acknowledgement and release,
authorizing the Missouri State Fair and media partners to videotape
and use his/her name and likeness during and after the
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES: In an effort to reduce
technical difficulties due to broken/damaged/scratched CDs
or corrupt flash drives, the Missouri State Fair requires contestants
to provide their music in advance of the show. Show
staff will examine the music file(s) for any irregularities that
could pose a problem during the live show. The Missouri State
Fair and media partners are not responsible for any technical
difficulties associated with audio transmission, cable transmission
and master control board malfunctions. This includes,
but is not limited to, operator technical malfunction,
cellular interference, technical or atmospheric conditions that
disrupt the completion of the preliminary, semifinal and final
rounds, performance or any technical difficulties which may
prohibit the execution of the contest. In the event of technical
difficulties, contestants may be allowed to continue their performance
after the technical difficulties have been resolved,
per the emcee’s discretion.
DISQUALIFICATION: The Missouri State Fair reserves
the right to disqualify any person who does not comply with
any of the official rules stated herein.
CONTEST FEE: The Missouri State Fair does not require
a contest entry fee for participants, however, participants and
other guests will be required to pay the regular Fair admission
fee on their performance date(s) to enter the fairgrounds.
There is no extra fee to enter the Budweiser Tent and all ages
are welcome during all Homegrown Singer contest rounds.