FAIRBORN — Calling all musicians: the Fairborn Senior Center is hosting a talent show — with the opportunity for a cash prize.
This talent show is the first of its kind for Fairborn that we are aware of,” Administrative Assistant Leona Henrich said. “Greene county had a talent show in 2016 for kids 19 years and under. Ours is open to anyone, any age. The only thing is that we are specifically doing music — singing, bands.”
The Fairborn’s Got Music Talent show is slated for 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at Abiding Christ Lutheran Church, 326 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road. The first place winner will receive a $500 prize; the second place winner will receive $250; while the third place winner will receive $100.
“We have created this event as a fundraiser for the senior center, but also to give Fairborn something different,” Henrich said. “Everyone loves to listen to music, they can come to the show finale on Oct. 7 and for $5 they can hear 20 or more of the best bands around and help the senior center continuing to help the seniors.”
No age restriction is in place. However, participants who are under 18 must have their parents consent. Participants must pay a $20 non-refundable entry fee, which is available at the senior center, 325 N. Third Street. Individuals must be registered by Friday, Aug. 25. Group acts as well as individual acts are welcome.
“We are looking for any one with musical talent to register,” she said. “It’s only $20 per act. We will have four preliminaries and will take five acts from each preliminary. There will be four judges to decide. The finale will bring back those 20 acts for an audience and five new judges.”
Participants will undergo four preliminary auditions, slated for Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28 at the senior center with the best five acts moving forward to the final show, slated for Oct. 7. The act is to be no longer than three minutes. The finale will also include a snack bar that will serve up hot dogs, chips, cookies and refreshments.
All performances are required to have appropriate language, dress and music. Pyrotechnics, weapons, smoke machines or sharp objects are restricted. Inn-appropriateness during performances will result in disqualification, which is up to the discretion of the judges and talent show committee.
“The participants will not only have a chance at the money, but will get to be heard by many people from Fairborn,” Henrich said. “That could lead to being hired for different functions such as festivals.”