WESTPORT - The Essex County Idol Contest, sponsored by the Adirondack Tobacco Free Network, will be held at the Essex County Fair.
The competition is open to any Essex County resident or other New York residents who will not be participating in a variety show at another county fair. There are three categories: youth (12 and younger), teens (13-17) and adults (18 and older). There is no cost to participate except for the $10 daily admission to the fairgrounds.
Auditions will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 11 and 2 p.m. Aug. 12 at the south lawn stage. Contestants are asked to sign in two hours prior to the audition times and submit their back-up music on CD; bring two different types of songs to perform. Participants may play an instrument while they sing or perform with no back-up music if they wish. No bands; solo acts only. There is a changing room available for performers to use.
The performance will be 7 p.m. Aug. 13, also at the south lawn stage. Winners will be chosen by the panel of three judges. Performers must be backstage 30 minutes prior to the start of the show.
The top 25 contestants will be invited to participate in the New York State talent show at the New York State Fair in Syracuse.For more information, visit www.essexcountyfair.org or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.