Judges Narrow Entrants to 20 Finalists From Across New York and Three Other States
Online voting has begun to find the 13 performers who will sing the national anthem at the 2019 Great New York State Fair. Judges reviewed video submissions from applicants to narrow the list to 20 semi-finalists. People can visit the contest site on the Fair’s Facebook page, here, to cast a vote. Voting ends August 1.
The 20 contestants come from nine New York State counties and one borough of New York City, as well as Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut. Oneida County leads all areas with four entrants, while three come from Onondaga County and two from Westchester County. Oswego, Tompkins, Orange, Chemung, Jefferson and Dutchess counties and Staten Island have one contestant each. Three of the contestants are performing the anthem instrumentally.
“I’m thrilled to see people from all over the state and from our neighboring states competing this year. It’s so important to start our day with “The Star-Spangled Banner.” It reminds us that fairs are tied to the long history of our country and gives us all a reason to stop for a moment and recall what’s best about America,” said Troy Waffner, Fair Director.
The thirteen entrants with the most votes will be chosen to sing the national anthem live on the Chevy Court stage each day during the Fair at approximately 9:55 a.m. to open the day’s activities. They receive free admission and parking passes and will be contacted by the Fair to set their performance date. Winners performing August 22 – 25 will also be asked to sing the Canadian national anthem for the Fair’s Canadian Friendship Days. Performers may also be asked to sing at certain special events. Approximately 400 people and groups of all ages and from all corners of the state have entered the competition since it began in 2015.