Become the next ‘Dacotah Star’ at the S.D. State Fair

Make your voice heard at the South Dakota State Fair!  Become the next �Dacotah Star� at the Dacotah Star talent competition presented by Dacotah Bank. More than $2,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to Dacotah Star division winners.

Applications for the 9th Annual Dacotah Star talent competition are now available online at or at the State Fair office.  The deadline for entering the talent competition is Aug. 16 at 5 p.m.

The grand prize winner in the adult division wins the title of �2011 Dacotah Star,� along with a cash prize of $1,000 and the opportunity to star in his/her own commercial promoting Dacotah Star on KTTW Fox. The winner will also have the opportunity to perform on the NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage during the 2012 South Dakota State Fair and emcee the 2012 Dacotah Star talent competition.

The 2010 Dacotah Star was Erica Benson from Garden City.

There are three age divisions for Dacotah Star � Children (5 through 11 years), Junior (12 through 17 years) and Adult (18 and older).

Preliminary competition begins on Friday, Sept. 2, and ends on Sunday, Sept. 4. Dacotah Star finals will be held on Monday, Sept. 5. The talent competition is held daily on the NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, 6 p.m. on Saturday, 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, and 5 p.m. on Monday.

Sponsors of the 2011 Dacotah Star are Dacotah Bank and KTTW-FOX. Dacotah Bank is in dozens of hometowns across South Dakota and North Dakota, and serves over 50,000 customers at local branches and online at

The 2011 State Fair runs Thursday, Sept. 1 � Monday, Sept. 5. Pannar Preview day is Wednesday, Aug. 31. The State Fair theme this year is Country Pride Statewide. For more information on State Fair events, contact the Fair office at 800-529-0900 or visit . You can also find the State Fair on Facebook and Twitter (@SDStateFair).

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