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Are you interested in singing the National Anthem at the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show?  The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) will select a different individual or group to perform the National Anthem at the beginning of each day of the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show, for Opening Ceremonies and for the famous PA Preferred Army/Navy Cookoff on Thursday of the show.

Eligibility: To be eligible for selection, you must:

  • be a legal resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania;
  • be available every day of the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show (which runs from January 5 through January 12, 2019) to be on-site at the Farm Show Complex by 7:45 a.m. to sing the National Anthem at 8:00 a.m.;
  • be someone other than an employee, family member or person living in the same household as an employee of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture; and
  • if less than 18 years of age, obtain and provide the written consent of a parent or guardian if you are ultimately selected to perform.

To apply: When the contest is open, the Pennsylvania Farm Show Facebook page (https://facebook.com/pafarmshow) will publish a post where video submissions should be uploaded in the comments section. Upload a single video of yourself or your group, singing the National Anthem from start-to-finish, without instrumental accompaniment, to the original post. Submissions will be accepted from Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 8 a.m. through Monday, November 5, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Video submissions for minors not on Facebook may be uploaded by a parent or guardian. The video becomes the property of PDA once it is uploaded to this Facebook page. PDA will "like" your uploaded video comment to confirm your entry into the contest.

Voting: PDA will review all video submissions, and select the top 10 (ten) groups and top 10 (ten) individuals. This internal voting will take place from Monday, November 5, 2018 through Thursday, November 8, 2018. On Friday, November 9, 2018, the selected top 20 will be posted in an album on the Farm Show Facebook page to open fan voting. Fan voting will take place from Friday, November 9, 2018 through Wednesday, November 14, 2018. Voting will close on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. EST. The top 5 (five) videos for each category (group and individual), based on total reactions (likes, loves, wows, etc) will serve as our finalists to sing during the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show. PDA retains sole discretion to select and schedule these singers. The top video, based on total reactions, from the entire top 20 (twenty), will be chosen as the singer(s) for Opening Ceremonies on Saturday, January 5, 2019.

*UPDATE 11/5/18: Due to a lack of group entries, all entries will be considered in the same group for voting. The top 20 will be posted for fan voting on Friday, November 9. The top 10 (out of all 20 entries) will serve as the finalists to sing the National Anthem at the 103rd PA Farm Show.

Winner Notification: Winners will be notified via private Facebook message and required to confirm their availability on a specific date and time during the Farm Show. Winners have until 12 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2018 to respond to the message and confirm their availability.

Winner Announcement: When all winners are confirmed and scheduled, winners will be publicly announced on PA Farm Show social media by 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

If You Are Selected to Sing: You will be provided a complimentary, one-day parking pass to the show and must be at the Farm Show Complex by 7:45 a.m. on the date you are to sing and – prior to singing – complete a waiver form authorizing PDA and its partners to use your picture, likeness and any photo/video/audio recording of you (including your singing performance) as it sees fit, without payment or compensation to you.  If you are less than 18 years of age a parent or guardian must sign this waiver for you.

Anything Else to Know? Yes!  PDA reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this contest.