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In this file photo, the crowd braved the rain and danced to Taliib Kweli as he performed at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand on Aug. 30, 2013.

Kyndell Harkness, Star Tribune

Deadline nears for Minnesota Fair talent contest

  • Associated Press
  • July 18, 2014 - 3:50 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Time is running out for entering the Minnesota State Fair Amateur Talent Contest auditions.

Registration closes at 4 p.m. on July 28.

Participants are encouraged to register online at www.mnstatefair.org . Entry forms also may be downloaded and returned through the mail.

Auditions run July 28 through Aug. 3 at the Leinie (LYE'-nee) Lodge Bandshell on the fairgrounds, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

From auditions, semifinalists will be chosen to perform during the first 10 days of this year's State Fair at 6 p.m. on the Leinie Lodge Bandshell stage.

Winners from the semis will compete in the finals at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Grandstand.

Nearly $10,000 in total prize money will be awarded.

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