GRAND ISLAND – The Nebraska State Fair and Vision Productions, Inc. announce contestants from across Nebraska who have entered the Preliminary Galaxy of Stars® Talent Search Video Contest and local Partner Talent Searches and have qualified to advance to the 2016 Galaxy of Stars® Talent Search Semi-Finals at the Nebraska State Fair on Saturday, September 3rd from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.
Thirty Acts from twenty-five Nebraska towns will compete live on the Bristol Windows Stage at Fonner Park in Grand Island in Three Age Divisions, Comets, Shooting Stars and Novas. The Galaxy of Stars® Talent Search Finals & Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, September 4th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Over $9,000.00 in prizes, cash, trophies will be presented at the Awards Ceremony following the Finals competition. Overall Vocalist will receive a Nashville Recording Package. Special entertainment features past Galaxy of Stars® Mega Star Winners: 2010 Amanda Winter, Nashville; 2013 Justin Kane, Scottsbluff; 2014 Jessie Hake, Kearney; 2015 Major Minor 3 -Tyler Rambali, Shelby Stevens & Riley Rambali
Preliminary Talent Search Contestants Advancing to the Galaxy of Stars Talent Search Semi-Finals at the Nebraska State Fair:
COMETS (12 & Under): Rachel Young,Vocal, North Platte; Chloe Weller, Vocal, Kearney; Bailey Rogers, Vocal, Minden, Emma Nguyen, Piano, Lincoln; Autumn Wissenberg, Vocal, Crete; Stella Klingelhoefer, Vocal, Amherst; Ella Jaixen, Vocal, Loup City;
SHOOTING STARS (13 to 18): Emery Wenz, Dance, Lincoln; Anastasia Zinnecker, Vocal, Martell; Audrey Edris, Vocal/Piano, Papillion; Sheyenne Weaver, Vocal, Alliance; Morayah Cupp, Vocal, Champion; Hanna Marshall, Vocal/Guitar, Mullen; Sara Koca, Vocal, Hallam; Tayce Bleich,Vocal, Battle Creek; Off Season Duo – Phalen Sanford & Aubrey Frederick, Group Vocal, Benkelman; Taylor Smith, Vocal, Kearney; Jesse Nelson & Natalie Raymond, Group Vocal, Seward.
NOVAS (19 & Over): Becky Jones, Vocal, Kearney; Ryan Martinez, Vocal, Grand Island; Melissa McBride, Variety/Baton, Omaha; Christopher “Dozer” Lewis, Vocal, McCook; Becky Jones & Chloe Weller, Group Vocal, Kearney, Hunter Nathan,, Vocal/Guitar, Howells; Ken Hoge, Vocal, Hubbell; Mason Harouff, Vocal, Culbertson; DeAundrae Clayton, Vocal, Grand Island; Jessica Owens, Vocal, Hastings; Tazalea Scott, Vocal/Guitar, Westerville; Megan Behlen, Vocal/Guitar, Seward.
Songwriting Contest: Songwriters of the Top Three Highest Scoring Original Songs will have an opportunity to showcase their songs on Sunday, September 4th at the Galaxy of Stars® Talent Search Finals on the Bristol Windows Stage from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at Fonner Park in Grand Island. Top Three Original Songs of the Galaxy of Stars® Songwriting Contest, in random order: “Where Is Jesus,” Riley Rambali, McCook; “Family,” Ryan Martinez, Grand Island; “My Anniversary,” Don Mittan, Lincoln. The songwriters of the Top Three Original Songs will be presented with prizes, cash, trophies and recording sessions.
A Special Galaxy of Stars® Spectacular Tribute Concert for Veterans, the U.S. Armed Forces & Their Families will be presented on the Bristol Windows Stage at Fonner Park Monday, September 5th from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
The 2016 Nebraska State Fair opens August 26th and will run through Labor Day, September 5th.
Visit www.statefair.org and www.galaxyofstarstalentsearch.com for more information.