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Watch the next 'Dacotah Star' at this year's fair

HURON -- Dacotah Bank will again present the Dacotah Star Talent Competition at this year's South Dakota State Fair.

The deadline for entering the talent competition was Aug.19.

Preliminary competition for the 11th annual event begins on Aug. 30 and ends on Sept. 1. Dacotah Star finals will be held on Sept. 2. The talent competition is held daily on the NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage at 5:30 p.m.

More than $2,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to Dacotah Star division winners.

The grand prize winner in the adult division wins the title of "2013 Dacotah Star," along with a cash prize of $1,000 and the opportunity to star in his/her own commercial promoting Dacotah Star on KTTW Fox. The winner will also have the opportunity to perform on the NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage during the 2014 South Dakota State Fair and emcee the 2014 Dacotah Star talent competition.

The 2012 Dacotah Star was Melanie Koehlmoos from Aberdeen.

There are three age divisions for Dacotah Star: Children (5-11 years), Junior (12-17 years) and Adult (18 and older).

Sponsors of the 2013 Dacotah Star are Dacotah Bank and KTTW-FOX. Dacotah Bank serves dozens of hometowns across South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota, providing banking, insurance, mortgage and trust services to over 50,000 customers at local branches and online at