Harrisburg - Pennsylvania youth are encouraged to show off their musical talents Sunday, Jan. 9, during the 96th Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Entries for the Farm Show's Got Talent contest, a favorite featuring the musical abilities of youth aged 8-18, will be accepted through Thursday, Dec. 22. The event will be held in the Small Arena of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.
"Farm show events like the talent contest showcase the best Pennsylvania has to offer," said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. "Like agriculture, making music teaches life skills, helps in understanding other academic subjects and can give these kids a lifetime of enjoyment. As a musician, I appreciate the hard work and skill of these young musicians and know the courage it takes to perform in front of an audience - I look forward to watching them perform."
Youth ages 8-18 are eligible for competition in junior, intermediate and senior divisions. Each division includes four categories: vocal solo, vocal group, instrumental solo and instrumental group. Musical accompaniment may be live, on CD or tape. Mixed-division group ensembles are allowed - the division in which they compete will be determined by the age of the oldest group member. Musical numbers should be three to five minutes in length.
Contestants may enter one individual and one group act and will perform to a panel of impartial judges. Premiums will be awarded to first through fourth places; rosettes will be given to other places.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show runs Jan. 7-14 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free and parking is $10. The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center is easily accessed from nearby Interstate 81.
For a full list of rules and to sign up for the contest, stop at the complex or visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us and click on "Forms." For a complete schedule of Farm Show events, click on "2012 Show."
Editor's Note: Because the Farm Show has not been held annually, it is incorrect to describe the 2012 event as the 96th annual show - it is simply the 96th show.