Become the next “Dacotah Star” 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 11th 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.19, at 5 p.m.

The grand prize winner in the adult division wins the title of “2013 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 2014 South Dakota State Fair and emcee the 2014 Dacotah Star talent competition.

The 2012 Dacotah Star was Melanie Koehlmoos from Aberdeen.

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

Preliminary competition begins on Friday, Aug. 30, and ends on Sunday, Sept. 1. Dacotah Star finals will be held on Monday, Sept. 2. The talent competition is held daily on the NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage at 5:30 p.m.

Sponsors of the 2013 Dacotah Star are Dacotah Bank and KTTW-FOX. Dacotah Bank serves dozens of hometowns across South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota, providing banking, insurance, mortgage and trust services to over 50,000 customers at local branches and online at

The 2013 South Dakota State Fair will run from Thursday, Aug. 29, through Monday, Sept. 2. Channel Seeds Preview night will be Wednesday, Aug. 28. This year’s theme is “Starry Nights and Midway Lights.” For more information on State Fair events, contact the Fair office at (800) 529-0900, visit or find them Facebook and Twitter.

Agriculture is South Dakota’s No. 1 industry, generating over $21 billion in annual economic activity and employing more than 122,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at or find us on Facebook at and Twitter @SDAgriculture.

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