Entry Deadline Approaching For Photo And Amateur Talent Contests

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.–(ENEWSPF)–July 23, 2012.  The 2012 Illinois State Fair is quickly approaching, as is the deadline to enter the Baby Photo Contest, Dog Photo Contest and Amateur Talent Contest.

Pictures and entries must be delivered or postmarked by Aug. 1, 2012. All entry forms are available in the Special Events office located in the Emmerson Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds or online at

Fairgoers wishing to enter the Baby Photo or Dog Photo contests should firmly attach a 5” x 7” photo to a 7” x 9” white poster board. Photos will not be accepted in any other form and must have been taken within the last six months.

All Baby Photo Contest entries will be displayed during the fair in the Kids Korner area (south of the Emmerson building).

Dog photos will be judged in either the Cutest Dog or Craziest Dog Costume categories, but not both. Only one entry per category per dog is allowed, and judging will be based on personality and appeal.

The talent competition includes five categorie.  Categories include:  female vocal solo (Friday, Aug. 10 at 5 p.m.), group vocal, male vocal solo and keyboard/instrumental (Saturday, Aug. 11 at 6 p.m.), and dance solo and dance group (Sunday, Aug. 12 at 6 p.m.). All contests will take place in the Illinois Building theater.

No act should run more than four minutes. A contestant may enter only one category.  The 1st and 2nd place winner from each category will be invited back to demonstrate their talent at the Talent Showcase on Friday, Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. in the Illinois Building.

For more information call the Special Events office at (217) 782-0777.