The Minnesota State Fair Amateur Talent Contest Finals hit the Grandstand stage tonight on Friends Of The Fair Day.

The journey to reach the Amateur Talent Contest Finals isn't an easy one:

Approximately 400 talented performers audition in late July in one of three divisions (open, teen and preteen) for a chance to move on to the semifinals round held during the fair. One hundred and twenty semifinalists then compete for a place among the performers in the finals round. The final round of competition will feature the 26 remaining contestants performing under the bright lights of the Grandstand in front of a crowd of up to 10,000.

Tonight's contestants will be competing for more than $20,000 in cash awards as well as prizes.  The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free, but you do need a ticket into the fairgrounds.

It's also Friends Of The Fair Day, where we salute the group who support the nonprofit mission of the Minnesota State Fair Foundation.

Also, The Sioux Chef® Presents the Indigenous Food Lab at Dan Patch Park.

Get today's full schedule below, including the lineup for the Leinie Lodge Bandshell, Schell's Stage at Schilling Amphitheater, Family Fair Stage at Baldwin Park, Ramberg Music Cafe Festival of Nations Stage at the International Bazaar and more.

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