San Diego’s Got Talent looking for contestants


The San Diego County Fair is looking for performers to compete in a variety of contests, including its new San Diego’s Got Talent contest. The theme of this year’s fair is “Oz-some,” based on “The Wizard of Oz.” The fair is slated to run May 31 to July 4 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and is presented by Albertsons/Vons.

Here’s a rundown of some of the contests.

San Diego’s Got Talent contest

The contest is open to youths ages 8 to 17 and is set up like the national TV show. The competition includes two divisions, one for ages 8 to 12 and the other for teens ages 13 to 17. The first place prize is $1,000. This new competition, which showcases all kinds of performing talent, replaces the In The Spotlight contest, which was for singers only.

24-Hr Film Festival contest

The competition challenges a group of filmmakers to create a fabulous film in 24 hours. The fair is looking for groups of three to 10 people. Each group will film at the fairgrounds, then edit and produce a short film in a 24-hour period.

Battle of the Bands contest

The contest is open to bands of three or more musicians. The band that can convince the judges they’re the best in Southern California, wins the $5,000 first-place prize.

Singer/songwriter contest

Singers can enter and perform an original song. The first-place winner gets a $3,000 prize.

Sing or perform the national anthem

Community members can apply to sing or perform the national anthem at the fair’s daily opening ceremony. Applicants can get a spot on one of the 27 days of the fair.

Raise the flag

Scout troops from San Diego County can help raise the flags each morning during the opening ceremony.

The deadline for applications to sing the national anthem or raise the flag is March 12; performance contest applications are due by April 19. Go to