(La Porte, IN) - The 16th annual Hoosier Star contest in La Porte is this weekend.
Five finalists in each youth and adult division will sing and perform to a live orchestra on the stage at the La Porte Civic Auditorium. Judges, along with spectators, determine the winners.
Tim King, Executive Director of the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra, said people who come to watch the performances will be asked to wear a mask while entering the facility. Masks can be removed once seated.
The Hoosier Star always draws a large crowd, but tickets are still available for balcony seats at $15 and $5 for children ages 12 and under. King said tickets could be purchased at LCSO.net, Roxy Music Shop, or the Civic Auditorium in advance or up until showtime. Table seating on the floor for groups as large as ten people is also available for $750.
There’s also a pay-per-view option for $15, and it’s available at LCSO.net.
The finalists are from La Porte and Michigan City, Westville, Chesterton, and South Bend. In addition, one of the finalists in the youth division is from New Albany in the far southern part of the state.
The event is a significant fundraiser for the LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra, which has hosted the event from the very beginning. The first-place finisher in each division receives $1,000, while $500 is awarded for second place in each division.
“You’re going to see an immense amount of talent on that stage,” King said.
The doors open at 6 PM on Saturday, with performances starting at 7 PM.