SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. – For the past 28 years, local exhibitions on Prince Edward Island have been inviting talented Islanders between the ages of 13 and 21 to participate in the P.E.I. Youth Talent Search competitions held every summer at various fairs, festivals and exhibitions on the Island.
The competitions continue to be a crowd favorite and draw a large audience at each event.
“We have a wealth of talented youth on Prince Edward Island and this is the perfect way for them to showcase their talents,” said Jean Tingley, provincial volunteer co-ordinator for the competition program. “This program is aimed at supporting and recognizing P.E.I.’s talented young performers and will appeal to aspiring singers, dancers, musicians and novelty acts.”
There are eight categories for the youth to enter. If contestants do not win at the event they participated in, they are encouraged to register at the next competition.
Under the umbrella of the Prince Edward Island Association of Exhibitions (PEIAE) and sponsored by P.E.I. Mutual Insurance, the competitions are held at 10 different fairs, festivals or exhibitions during the summer. Winners from each competition receive $300 in prize money and will participate in the provincial championship held on Aug. 31 at L’Exposition agricole et le Festival acadien in Abram-Village. The winner of the provincial finals will take home $750.
PEIAE president Paul Jackson says, “PEIAE has a long time relationship with P.E.I. Mutual Insurance Company of Summerside especially in the Youth Talent segment of our events. Our fairs and festivals are organized and operated by volunteers, and the continued support we receive from P.E.I. Mutual Insurance is greatly appreciated by our membership each year.”
For information regarding location, dates or to register, participants can go online at www.peiae.ca and click on Youth Talent Search, contact Tingley at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the P.E.I. Youth Talent Facebook page.