The West Jefferson Ox Roast festival is looking for some skilled local performers to compete in the first-ever talent show at the event.
A preliminary competition will be held Saturday, Sept. 5 from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., and the final competition will be held Monday, Sept. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m on the main stage at the Ox Roast.
Festival president Jeff Pfeil said the contest is open to anyone in the state, but that he would really like to see some talent from Madison County.
“There’s a lot of talent in the area,” Pfeil said. “If we get the local talent, that will draw their friends and family as well.”
Pfeil said the Ox Roast previously hosted an American Idol-styled event, but it only featured singers. This event will feature many talents.
The contest is a part of Ohio’s Got Talent, a statewide series of talent shows. The winner of the West Jefferson contest will have the opportunity to participate in the state finals at the Ross County Fair next year.
“We think it’s a good opportunity for people to get out and showcase their talent,” Pfeil said. “It could lead to something more.”
Any type of talent is welcomed into the contest, including dancing, singing, comedy, acrobatics, cheerleading, magic and more. The competition is open to all ages.
The winner of the contest will receive $500, second place will receive $200 and third place will receive $100.
Those interested in participating must fill out an application with a $25 non-refundable fee.
Applications, which are available online at www.westjeffoxroast.org, will be accepted near the main stage right before the event. They can also be mailed to West Jefferson Ox Roast, P.O. Box 102, West Jefferson, OH 43162.
Pfeil said only two people have signed up for the event so far, and they hope to have at least 20 by showtime.
Entertainment chair Ray Martin said the talent is almost as important as the infamous Ox Roast Sandwich, as people want to hear and see quality entertainment while strolling around the festival.
“You put the two together and you never forget it,” Martin said.
Martin said he hopes local talent, which there is no shortage of, will sign up.
Questions can be directed to Martin at 614-560-5754 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year’s Ox Roast takes place Saturday, Sept. 5, through Monday, Sept. 7.
Brandon Semler can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615 or via Twitter @BrandonSemler.
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