They say America's got talent, and it's right here in Texarkana! So, we want to see it September 16 at the 75th Annual Four States Fair and Rodeo. 

If you know someone between the ages of 8 to 20 who's got talent, encourage them to sign up for the Starz Youth Talent Show taking place Monday, September 16 on the outdoor stage at the fair.

The Starz Youth Talent Show's purpose is to discover and develop talent among the youth in the Texarkana area. It is FREE to sign up and each registrant will receive one day passes to the Fair for the preliminaries and, if qualified, the finals. Download the application and send it back in by email to Andi.Darby@townsquaremedia.com, fax it in to 870-772-0364 or drop it by the studios at 2324 Arkansas Blvd--the office is open 8:30 am to 5 pm  Monday - Friday.

The contest will be held at the Outdoor Stage during the 75th annual Four States Fair and Rodeo. Preliminaries are on Monday, September 16th from 6-8pm with the finalists competing on Thursday, September 19th starting at 7:30pm to determine the winners.

COMPETITION:

The competition is open to all amateur performers between the ages of 8-20 with no previous professional experiences or earned wages for performing. There will be 4 age categories: 8-11, 12-14, 15-17, and 18-20. On Monday, contestants will perform on the Outdoor Stage in front of the judges and the audience. Performers can compete only once. The top 3 winners in each age category will be invited to compete in the Talent Show finals on Thursday at the Fair.  First place winners in age categories 12-14, 15-17 and 18-20 will win a three song demo cd and cover design from Smart Studios.   Prizes will also be awarded to 2nd and 3rd place winners in each age category at the finals.

ENTRIES:

Submission deadline for entry is Friday, September 13th at 5pm.  No entry is considered valid until it is returned to Townsquare Media.  Each registered contestant will receive four gate admissions to the Fair for September 16th and an additional 4 for Thursday, September 19th if they qualify for the finals. Entry Forms can be downloaded below or picked up at the Townsquare Media studios at 2324 Arkansas Blvd, Texarkana, Arkansas.

CONTEST FORMAT:

Each contestant will have a time limit of 3 minutes for their performance and 2 minutes for set-up time and sound check. Time will not be charged to your performance if the technicians request extra time. Townsquare Media and the Four States Fairgrounds will provide a complete sound system with technicians. Contestants are required to bring their own cassette, CD, instrument or props.

JUDGING:

Each performance will be judged on stage presence, artistic performance, audience response and musical/talent content. Lyrics and presentation must be acceptable in a family environment.