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Modeled after the American Idol talent contest, Star of the Fair will be a feature Attraction at the 2021 Delta Fair & Music Festival taking place Sunday, September 05, 2021 through Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at the Agricenter International – 7777 Walnut Grove Rd, Memphis, TN 38120.

Dear Contests, Guardians and Teachers,

This year we have few changes that will make the Jr. divisions very happy. The Jr. division winner will receive one (1) airline ticket to New York City, one (1) night hotel stay in New York and an audition with Nancy Carson in January 2022. Nancy Carson has also agreed to a private audition to the 1st five (5) place finalists in the junior division in New York City. There are also some changes to the rules so please read this carefully. your signature on the registration form acknowledges that you have read and will adhere to all the rules in the registration packet.

If you remember in 2018, Nancy Carson came to judge the first round and selected several contestants from the Jr. and Sr. division to audition for her in New York. Several of the young contestants were signed by Nancy and are already seeing success in the entertainment industry. John Schuessler and Josie Todd have auditioned for Broadway Musicals and Josie received the lead in Because of Winn Dixie that opened June 28th at the historic Goodspeed Opera House, home of the American musicals where Annie opened. Josie has the opportunity to work with fabulous actors such as Grammy and Tony winner Duncan Sheik for Spring Awakening and Tony nominated Nell Benjamin for Legally Blonde and Mean Girls. John Schuessler and MCayden Marlar have had the opportunity to audition for shows with Nickelodeon and Netflix.

Also, there will be a few contestants selected from the SEMIFINAL ROUND to submit a video audition to Nancy Carson. She will then select those she would like to come to New York for a private audition.

We have changed the prizes for this year. The prizes in the registration form are the official prizes and will be the only prizes that will be awarded. Any other prize that is listed on any other communication or publicity material is null and void if it is not the same as listed in the registration packet.

Prizes:


There will be three (3) cash prizes for the Junior Division: (Ages 8-12)
You must be 8 years old by September 5, 2021.
There will be ten (15) finalists in the Junior Division.
1st Place $450.00, 2nd Place $200.00, 3rd Place $100.00

There will be three (3) cash prizes for the Senior Division: (Ages 13-21)
You must be 13 years old by September 5, 2021.
We will have fifteen (15) finalists in the Senior Division.
1st Place, $1000.00, 2nd Place, $500.00, 3rd Place $250.00.

In addition to the cash prizes, the Jr Division Winner will receive one (1) airline ticket to New York City, one (1) night hotel stay in New York and an audition with Nancy Carson in January 2020. If you are unable to go at the designated time, you will forfeit your prize.

New Rules:


Eligibility:
You are NOT eligible for this contest if you have appeared on any National Network Television contest or reality show. Winners of local competitions are welcome as long as they have not won the Delta Fair in their current age division.

Conduct:
Any contestant, family member or vocal teacher displaying lewd, disrespectful or inappropriate behavior or language to any fellow contestant, family member, vocal teacher, Star of The Fair staff or Delta Fair staff will automatically disqualify the contestant. Any lewd, disrespectful or inappropriate behavior or language by a vocal teacher will result in ALL of their students being disqualified.

The ages for the Junior Division are 8-12 and Senior Division are 13- 21. All contestants must be 8 to 21 years of age by September 5th, 2021. Registration begins July 15th 2021.

We look forward to seeing your talent in the contest September 5, 2021.
Your signature on the registration form acknowledges that you have read and will adhere to all the rules in the registration packet.
Good Luck to you all,
Star of the Fair Organizers

  • Friday, July 10, 2021 Early Bird Registration Opens discount ($45) to submit Entry Forms on or before, Friday August 27, 2021 at 4:00 pm.
  • Friday, August 27, 2021 Early-Bird Registration Ends Entries received after 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 27, 2021 will be $60.00. If registering at the door it will be CASH ONLY. Registration at the door, as space permits. Entry to the fair is not included for those registering at the door.
  • Sunday, September 5, 2021: Late Registration @ 12:00pm. Final registration ($60) at the door, CASH ONLY . Those who register on September 5, 2021 must pay their own way into the fair.
  • Sunday, September 5, 2021: Preliminary Round Check-in @ 12:00 All pre-registered competitors will need to arrive at the Delta Fair & Music Festival Star of the Fair Competition at 1:00pm to be given an audition number. There will be a list of contestant’s names at the ticket booth at entrance #3 off of Walnut Grove to get you into the Competition. Parents must buy their ticket at the door.
  • Sunday, September 5, 2021: Preliminary Round Round @ 1:00 Competition begins in the Auditorium in the Agricenter. Semi-Finalist will be announced on Sunday, September 5, 2021 at the conclusion of each division.
  • Sunday, September 5, 2021: The semi-finalists will be given a ticket for the semi-finals which will be their admissions ticket on Monday, September 6, 2021
  • Monday, September 6, 2021: Preliminary Round Check-in @ 12:00 The semi-finalists will need to arrive at the Delta Fair & Music Festival Star of the Fair Competition at 1:00. They will then gather in the Auditorium in the Agricenter
  • Monday, September 6, 2021 : Semi-Finals @ 1:00 Competition begins in the Auditorium in the Agricenter. At the end of each division, the Finalists will be announced. - Fifteen (15) for the Junior Division and Fifteen (15) for the Senior Division.
  • Tuesday, September 7, 2021: Final Round Check-in 4:00 The finalists will need to arrive at the Delta Fair & Music Festival Star of the Fair Competition at assigned registration times. This year each finalist will be given a sound check time. If the sound check time is missed, you will not be able to have a sound check.
  • Tuesday, September 7, 2021: Final Round @ 6:00 At the end of the competition the winners will be announced.
For more information contact: maryann@mac-entertainmnet.com

About Nancy Carson

Nancy Carson is the licensed talent agent and the owner of the Carson-Adler Agency in New York City. She has been representing children and young adults for nearly forty years. During that time she has gained a solid reputation as a leader in her field. Some of the actors whose careers she has launched are Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Donald Faison, Britney Spears, Arianna Grande, Kristen Bell, Lea Michelle and Tempestt Bledsoe who played Vanessa on The Cosby Show. As an advocate for young performers she worked to achieve mandatory tutoring for children on tour and was in part responsible for the NY law requiring a blocked trust account to be established for minor performers so that 15% of their wages will be set aside until they reach age eighteen. Currently her actors can be seen in Harry Potter, School of Rock, Lion King, Anastasia, Kinky Boots, Wicked, Chicago, Book of Mormon, Mean Girls the upcoming Getting the Band Back Together and Tootsie among other shows. On television she has people on House of Cards, Rise, Madam Secretary, The Americans, The Amazing Mrs. Maisel, and Orange is the New Black and many more during this current season. She is the author of the popular book Raising a Star published in hard cover and as an e-book by St. Martin’s Press. She is always looking for her next star and is excited to be part of the Delta Fair Star of the Fair

Previous Years' Winners

Canale Tagg

Canale Tagg

2019 Senior Winner of Star of the Fair
Ava Bates

Ava Bates

2019 Junior Winner of Star of the Fair
Kennedy Ray

Kennedy Ray

2018 Senior Winner of the Star of the Fair
2018 Junior Winner of Star of the Fair

Shelby Smith

2018 Junior Winner of Star of the Fair
Lydia Waldrop

Lydia Waldrop

2017 Senior Winner of the Star of the Fair
Sophia Bonasso

Sophia Bonasso

2017 Junior Winner of the Star of the Fair
Cody Hanford

Cody Hanford

2016 Senior Winner of the Star of the Fair
Josie Todd

Josie Todd

2016 Junior Winner of the Star of the Fair
Laura Baker

Laura Baker

2015 Senior Winner of the Star of the Fair
Mary Claire Howard

Mary Claire Howard

2015 Junior Winner of the Star of the Fair
Nicole Hale

Nicole Hale

2014 Winner of the Star of the Fair
Adam Bowles

Adam Bowles

2013 Winner of the Star of the Fair
Dennis Harrison Jr.

Dennis Harrison Jr.

2012 Winner of the Star of the Fair
Chandler Booth

Chandler Booth

2011 Winner of the Star of the Fair
Mandi Thomas

Mandi Thomas

2010 Winner of the Star of the Fair
Justin Allen Tate

Justin Allen Tate

2009 Winner of the Star of the Fair
Skylar Laine

Skylar Laine

2008 Winner of the Star of the Fair
Drew Herring

Drew Herring

2007 Winner of the Star of the Fair
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