Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Lone Star Park to hold National Anthem auditions

FOX 4's Fiona Gorostiza sings at Lone Star Park

American Idol.  The Voice.  The X Factor.  There are many shows these days created to give give young talent a chance to be discovered. Well, now you have an opportunity to showcase your pipes right here in your own backyard.

Lone Star Park will host its 17th annual National Anthem auditions on Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Soloists, duos, groups, choirs and instrumentalists are invited to try out for a chance to sing the National Anthem during one of Lone Star Park’s 76 live racing dates in 2013.  Contestants will have two minutes to perform their version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" – a cappella for vocalists – and will be judged by Lone Star Park officials.

Aspiring performers are urged to memorize the lyrics, keep their performance under two minutes and be prepared for a sound delay from the public address system. Those chosen to sing the National Anthem on a live race day will be notified by telephone and letter prior to the start of the Spring Thoroughbred season (usually two-to-three weeks after the audition). Each person selected to perform will receive box seats for four to that day’s live racing program.

Walkups are welcome, but performers are encouraged to reserve an appointment by calling Lone Star Park at (972) 263-RACE.  Lone Star Park is located one half-mile north of Interstate 30 off Belt Line Road at 1000 Lone Star Parkway in Grand Prairie – 12 miles west of Dallas and 20 miles east of Fort Worth (enter through Parking Gate 5 and proceed to the Grandstand’s East Gate entrance). For more information, call (972) 263-7223 or log on to