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We show respect by removing our caps and placing our hands on our hearts while “The Star-Spangled Banner” is played. We teach our kids to pay attention and to understand the significance of the National Anthem.

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?

So it has felt right to the organizers of Farmfest to begin each day of the event with The Star-Spangled Banner.

Until last year, Brian Ruhl sang the anthem each morning of Farmfest at 8 a.m. He’s no longer with the Farmfest staff, so organizers began their search for someone new to sing.

Those who were interested were able to sign up by July 5 by submitting a YouTube video. The selected performer will be announced in late July.

There will be only one performance this year – opening day Aug. 6 at 8 a.m., CST, at the Gate 2 microphone.

The performance will be livestreamed on the Farmfest social media pages, or in the event of technical issues, a video will be posted to social media following the event.

The selected performer receives free entry to Farmfest for him/herself and up to three guests.

“We could not be more thrilled to have the community take part in this annual contest,” said Niki Jones, IDEAg marketing manager.

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