Forty to fifty contestants will take part in Columbia County’s Got Talent”, at this year’s Columbia County Fair. From youngsters to teens and adults, singers, dancers, magicians and other talented individuals will compete for prize money and a chance to go up against stiff competition at the New York State Fair.

Right now, all over the county, optimistic individuals are practicing their skills in anticipation of the upcoming Columbia County Fair.  The talent competition, with prize money totaling $225.00 in each division, draws out plenty of individuals eager to put their special talents on display.  From singing and dancing to more unique skills.  One year, a contestant solved a series of Rubik’s cubes in 90-seconds. Then there’s Walter Hughes, a vaudevillian who has competed every year in the adult division.  He’s ninety-years-old

Columbia County’s Got Talent is a Fair competition sponsored by the Kneller Agency.  It takes place beginning at noon on Wednesday, August 28th.  Contestants will be advised of their time slot. Then, the top 6 Division finalists will compete again in the Talent Contest Finals at 7:00PM on Wednesday evening.  Prizes are distributed in three divisions: Junior (age 12 and under), Teen (age 13 – 19) and Adult (age 20 and up).  First place in each division receives a trophy and $100.00. Second place: a ribbon and $75.00.  Third place: a ribbon and $50.00.  The top 50 contestants may also compete in the New York State Fair in Syracuse as early as August 30th.

“Last year 11 acts went on to the State Fair,” said Talent Coordinator Betsy Braley.  “They all placed – even though the competition is really stiff, and all of the 11 acts ranked in the top ten of their age group.”  Competitors from all around New York State converge in Syracuse – all bringing their ”A” game.  It’s a platform for those who want to move ahead in the entertainment industry and one of the reasons that local talent shows, like Columbia County’s Got Talent, draw such high level performers.

Those wishing to compete this year, must fill out entry forms and either mail them or deliver them in person to the Fair office next to the North Gate Stage on Route 66 in Chatham by August 20th.  There is no entry fee.  For all information, go to