Become the next ‘Dacotah Star’ at the South Dakota 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 division winners.

Applications for the 10th Annual "Dacotah Star" talent competition are now available online at or at the State Fair office. The deadline for entering the talent competition is Monday, Aug. 20 at 5 p.m. 

The grand prize winner in the adult division wins the title of "2012 Dacotah Star," along with a $1,000 cash prize 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 2013 South Dakota State Fair and emcee the 2013 Dacotah Star talent competition.

The 2011 "Dacotah Star" is Anne Wentworth from Sioux Falls.

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, Aug. 31, and ends on Sunday, Sept. 2. Dacotah Star finals will be held on Monday, Sept. 3. The talent competition is held daily on the NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage at 4:30 p.m. CDT on Friday and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Finals start at 5 p.m. on Monday.

Sponsors of the 2012 Dacotah Star are Dacotah Bank and KTTW-FOX. Dacotah Bank serves dozens of hometowns across South Dakota and North Dakota, providing banking, insurance, mortgage and trust services to over 50,000 customers at local branches and online at

The 2012 South Dakota State Fair will run from Thursday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 3. Channel Seeds Preview night will be Wednesday, Aug. 29. The theme for the 2012 State Fair is "Taste the Fun!" For more information on State Fair events, contact the Fair office at (800) 529-0900, visit or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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