Are you interested in singing the National Anthem as part of the 106th Pennsylvania Farm Show? The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) will select a different individual to perform the National Anthem at the beginning of each day of the 106th Pennsylvania Farm Show.
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;
be available every day of the 2022 Pennsylvania Farm Show (which runs from January 8 through January 15, 2022) to be on-site at the Farm Show Complex by 7:45 a.m. to sing the National Anthem at 8:00 a.m.;
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.
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
give the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania permission to use your video
To apply: When the contest is open, the Pennsylvania Farm Show Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/PAFarmShow/) will publish a post. Contestants should email their submission, with the subject “National Anthem Contest”, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email entry should include:
- Name, age, Pennsylvania county, email address, and phone number
- A link (to a site like YouTube or Vimeo) to your video entry. The video entry should be a single video of yourself or your group singing the National Anthem from start-to-finish, without instrumental accompaniment.
Submissions will be accepted from Monday, October 18, 2021 through Friday, November 5, 2021 at 12:00 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 2022 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 10 (ten) groups and top 10 (ten) individuals. This internal voting will take place from Monday, November 8, 2021 through Thursday, November 11, 2021. On Friday, November 12, 2021, the selected top 20 will be posted in an album on the PA Farm Show Facebook page to open fan voting. Fan voting will take place from Friday, November 12, 2021 through Wednesday, November 17, 2021. Voting will close on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 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 2022 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 8, 2022.
Winner Notification: Winners will be notified via e-mail and required to confirm their availability on a specific date and time during the PA Farm Show. Winner have until 10 AM on Thursday, November 18, 2021 to reply and confirm their availability.
Winner Announcement: When all winners are confirmed, winners will be publicly announced on PA Farm Show social media by 4 PM on Thursday, November 18, 2021.
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.