A talent show and hero rewards will take place at the Heart of Illinois Fair in July

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PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – The Heart of Illinois Fair will host a competition showcasing Central Illinois talent.

The event organizers are looking for all types of talent, from music to dance to stand-up. Artists must include a video of a previous performance with their submission and, if accepted, will receive instructions on how to proceed.

The judges for the show have yet to be announced, but the event will be hosted by WWCT radio’s Roxy Baker.

The show is sponsored by the Kim Blickenstaff Group, with Blickenstaff himself providing the cash prizes. First place on the show will receive $5,000. After that, second and third place will receive $2,500 and $1,000 respectively.

The first three rounds will take place on the evenings of July 13-15, with a final round and winner announcement the following night.

All of this will take place during the Heart of Illinois Fair, which runs July 13-17.

More information, including how to apply, can be found on the talent competition website.


The HOI Fair is also holding its first HOI Hero Awards.

The fair wants to recognize selfless community heroes with a ribbon cutting, parade and stage presentation.

Applications can be submitted here before July 4: https://forms.gle/FfwzykkfN6DnnVhY7

Nominations are in the following categories:

  • Firefighter
  • Police officer
  • Veteran/current service member
  • Teacher
  • Main
  • School caretaker/caretaker
  • Nurse
  • Doctor
  • Hospital staff member
  • sanitation worker
  • Postman/woman
  • Other…
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