Think you’ve got what it takes?
The second annual State Fair Idol competition will help close out the fair today as 14 finalists from around the state meet at 3 p.m. at the Budweiser Tent to sing their way into fair history. The winner of the competition, which began with more than 80 singers, wins a professionally produced demo CD, a trophy, and will perform before next year’s Thursday night opening concert on the Pepsi Grandstand stage.
The contest’s host and coordinator, Thom Fuller, of Sedalia, said the quality of performances “has been just mind-blowing, they’ve been just great,” and attendance at the daily elimination rounds was “standing-room only.”
“We’ve just continued to grow after last year’s success, and people seem to be really into it,” Fuller said.
The contest is not associated with the Fox network’s American Idol, though last year’s winner, Sarah Craven, of Stet, traveled to Omaha, Neb. last week to audition for the television show.
“She is exceptional. She can’t really say if she made the show or not, but she is a great performer and I think she’s got a great chance of making it,” Fuller said.
He said the panel of nine judges -three each night on rotation — was made up of radio, arts, and entertainment professionals from the area.
“This has been a great success for the entertainers. The quality we get is really good, and we’re just trying to take it to that next level,” Fuller said.