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Marshall County Fair Idol Contest Scheduled

July 19, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

The Marshall County Fair Idol Contest is scheduled for Tuesday, July 23, on the Festival Stage at the Fairgrounds. There will be a Youth contest for 14 and under and an Adult contest for ages 15 and over. Ages are as of Tuesday, July 23.

Contestants will be required to pay a $15 entry fee and submit all required paperwork. Only finalists will be admitted to the fairgrounds free of charge, but guests must pay the regular fair admission.

Rules and Regulations


A. No personnel changes or substitutions of performers will be permitted.

B. Contestants may sing a cappella or with pre-recorded music on CD which he/she must provide (queued to selection prior to performance).

C. Contestants may also play an acoustical instrument. No electrical amplification will be provided other than microphones.

D. No live vocal backups are permitted. Because backup vocals are so prevalent on pre-recorded accompaniment music, we are permitting backup vocals on pre-recorded music.

E. No special lighting, props or special effects may be used.

F. The amount of performance time given to each contestant will be five minutes.

G. All performances must be done in good taste. No music, lyrics or costumes that the Marshall County Fair considers to be offensive can be used.

H. Contestants' age is determined by the final contest date of July 23, 2013.

Judging for Preliminaries and Finals

A. Performers will be awarded 0-25 points in each of the following categories: (1) Marketability; (2) Vocal talent;

(3) Originality of performance; (4) Stage presence/charisma.

B. In the event of a tie, the judges will employ the following tie-breaking formula: the highest number of points awarded in the Talent category; second tie-breaker is the highest number of points awarded in the Marketability category; the third tie-breaker shall be by secret vote of the judges based on overall performance style and impact.

Contest Prizes: First Prize is $500 adult division, $100 youth division. Prizes won by minors may be awarded to parent or legal guardian if requested. Additionally, the winning artist will perform prior to the Tyler Farr Concert on the same evening.

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