Application Deadline is April 13, 2015
Del Mar CA— Every year the San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons/Sav-on, hosts performance competitions; an opportunity for local and regional singers, songwriters, musicians, dancers and all-around entertainers to strut their stuff for big prizes.
In the Spotlight and Best Dance Crew competitions are for performers from ages 8 to 17 years, broken down into two divisions (youth for 8 – 12-year-olds, teen for 13 – 17-year-olds). All other contests are age 18 and up. Performers must complete an online performance contest application, located at www.sdfair.com/contests. This year’s application deadline is Monday, April 13, 2015.
In 2014, the five performance competitions garnered nearly 300 applicants from talented San Diego County youth. Close to 100 of the best-of-the-best performed live at last year’s Fair, vying for their share of almost $20,000 in cash. This year there will be even more prize money at stake!
If you are in a band and want to showcase your collective musical talents with fairgoers, and have a chance at the $5,000 First Place prize, apply for the Battle of the Bands. To compete, a band must have at least three or more musicians, and members must be age 18 and over. Live rounds are scheduled for Friday, June 26.
Best Dance Crew is another popular competition for professional and amateur dance groups of five or more to trip the light fantastic. Technical skills, showmanship, creativity, rhythm and costume will be judged. Live competition and judging for Best Dance Crew will take place on Sunday, June 14.
For the singers out there, In the Spotlight is where it’s at. The live competition performances will be held on Tuesday, June 23 (Youth competition), and Wednesday, June 24 (Teen competition).
San Diego is laden with talented singer-songwriters, and the Fair provides a great opportunity for that talent to shine. Returning for its fifth year, the Singer-Songwriter contest is a search for the best performance by a solo singer, and a showcase for their original songwriting capabilities. The winner will receive $3,000 and bragging rights! The live competition is set for Friday, June 19.
Applications for the Oratorical Contest will be available online in April. This contest challenges San Diego County students from elementary through grade 12 to perform an oration (not a song) as individuals or in small groups up to three members. Original material, a famous speech, poem or a story are examples of an oration. Regional recognition, ribbons and cash prizes are awarded to the top finishers in three divisions; Elementary (K-5th Grade); Junior High/Middle School (6th – 8th Grade); and High School (9th – 12th Grade).