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Are you interested in singing the National Anthem as part of the 105th Pennsylvania Farm Show? The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) will select a different individual or group (members of the same household, please!) to perform the National Anthem at the beginning of each day of the 105th Pennsylvania Farm Show. If your group doesn't live together, we want to see you getting clever with zoom, with a compilation video, or with another distanced idea. This year's Farm Show is going to be different, and so will our contest! We want to see the most creative video submissions to be broadcast at the open of each day, highlighting your talent as well as your corner of Pennsylvania.

Get creative, PA! Do you spend your morning singing to cattle? Pass the time on the tractor serenading your crops? Has your choir been practicing over zoom? We want to see it! Show us your surroundings and your skill. Originality will score big points in this competition! We don't need flashy editing or special effects – just your beautiful voices and interesting surroundings!

Eligibility:

To be eligible for selection, you must:

  • be a legal resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania;
  • give permission to use your video
  • 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://www.facebook.com/PAFarmShow/) will publish a post. Upload a single video of yourself or your group, singing the National Anthem from start-to-finish, without instrumental accompaniment, to a video hosting site like Youtube or Vimeo. E-mail a link to your video with the subject "National Anthem Contest" to edemsey@pa.gov. Submissions will be accepted from Monday, November 16, 2020 through Monday, December 7, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The video becomes the property of PDA once submitted. Once received and reviewed, applicants will be notified that their submission has been successfully received via email.

Video requirements: your video entry must be originally recorded for the purpose of entering the 2021 Oh Say, Can You Sing? PA Farm Show National Anthem Contest. Previously recorded videos will not be accepted. The entering individual or group must sing the National Anthem from start-to-finish, without instrumental accompaniment.

Voting: PDA will review all video submissions and select the top 8 (eight) most creative submissions between groups and individuals. This internal voting will take place from Monday, December 7, 2020 through Friday, December 11, 2020. On Wednesday, December 16, 2020, the selected top 8 will be announced.

Winner Notification: Winners will be notified via e-mail

Winner Announcement: When all winners are confirmed, winners will be publicly announced on PA Farm Show social media by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

If You Win: Your video will be selected to be featured on one day for a specific time. Prior to broadcast, you will be asked to 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.