Registration underway for Aug. 22 West Shore Talent Competition

For the sixth year, a talent competition will kick-off the Oceana County Fair Tuesday night, Aug. 22, at 6:30 p.m. in the grandstands.

This year, in support of The Walk to End Alzheimer’s, organizers are calling for talent from the larger west shore area to perform, which means talent competitors must reside in Oceana, Mason, Muskegon, Lake or Newaygo counties. Those five counties make up the region covered by the Great Lakes Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, with the regional office being in Muskegon.

The Praise Team Band from Stone Pillar Church will open while performers are signing in. The talent competition will start at 7 p.m. with each entry performing their best selection. The five levels of competition will be:  Individual Children and Group Children (2 or more) under 13, Individual Female, Individual Male and Group (2 or more) Teen/Adult 13 and up. Based on silent judging, monetary prizes will be awarded to the winner of each category. Performers are requested to register before Aug. 20 by calling Chaplain Jerry Thorne, 231-425-3693 or e-mailing

A sound system will be provided but any special equipment will be the responsibility of the participants.

Again this year, Ike and Molly McGhan (previous annual winners) will return to provide a mini-concert at the end of the competition. Hearing this talented couple singing solos and duets will be an added treat for the evening. 

The talent competition is free to the public and participants, but a freewill offering and silent auction will be available to benefit The Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which will take place Sept. 16 at 9:30 a.m. at Waterfront Park, Ludington, Mich. More information about how you can help end Alzheimer’s will be available.

This evening of public entertainment is a joint effort of the Oceana County Fair Association and ArkLight Ministries, LLC. There will be free admission to the fairgrounds, free parking and free grandstand admission. For more information, call or e-mail Thorne at 231-425-3693 or