The Southwest Washington Fair Talent Show auditions will take place on Tuesday

By Isabel Vander Stoep /

Auditions for the Southwest Washington Fair talent show are set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 10 on the South Stage of the fairgrounds.

Hearings are held only to ensure that the acts are favorable to the family. No one is eliminated from the show. The contest is free for anyone aged 6 and over.

The talent show will take place at noon on Sunday, August 22, with three distinct age ranges for performers: “kids” 6-12, “teens” 13-19, and “adults” 20+ .

Entries can be submitted online at or at the fair office at 1930 S. Gold St.

The event is sponsored by TwinStar Credit Union. In addition to the chance to win cash prizes totaling $500 split between brackets, talent show attendees will enjoy free admission and parking on Sunday, August 22. A parent or guardian of the young participants will also benefit from free entry that day.

“It’s a competition, but it’s a very friendly competition,” said organizer Pat Slusher Jr. “It’s just nice for people to have the opportunity to go out there and do it. The public loves it… Anything that is a talent is welcome.

Slusher participates in the organization of almost all fair events. He told The Chronicle the talent show was a favorite. Exhibitions come and go, but the talent show has been around for as long as he can remember. The wide array of homegrown talent never fails to amaze, Slusher said, and he said he’s particularly fond of the event because he’s “an old showbiz ham.”

Past performances have included a keyboardist who Slusher says played “like a wizard,” gospel singers, magic shows, dances, cloggers and tap dancers.

Overall, Slusher said the performances are generally quite common, noting that kids like to sing or dance to their favorite popular songs. But anyone with a talent is welcome, as long as it’s just appropriate. There hasn’t been a juggling performer yet.

“I never told anyone to go into show business, but I thought some of them might go pro,” Slusher said of the former performers.

Tuesday is the deadline for admission to the talent show. However, if the positions are not filled, the fair office will continue to receive candidates until August 22 as long as participants are ready to make their representation in the fair office before the fair.

The wide range of talents and ages of performers at past talent shows is an example of inclusion and family carnival organizers hoped to channel with the 2021 theme “Let’s All Go to the Fair”.

Slusher added, “And let’s all take part in the fair, which is just as important.”

For more information, call the fair office at 360-740-1495 or visit

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