The second annual State Fair Superstar Contest anchors live musical entertainment at the
State Fair in 2016, sponsored by Pepsi-Cola! This wildly popular feature of the Fair debuted in 2014 with more than 70 entrants, with the Grand Prize awarded to Alison Albrecht, 14, of Novi. The Superstar contest offers a purely Michigan mentoring twist on the standard pop music talent contest formula, with production of a three song EP at world famous Pearl Sound Studios of Canton, with internationally renowned sound engineer and producer Chuck Alkazian, plus songwriting advice plus artist and repertoire coaching from award-winning artist/producer Nadir Omowale, live performance booking consultation from 2 Stones Events, and in addition to a cash prize and Indie Music Business Coaching from Music Mentor Jill Jack and her new enterprise, Dream Big, Inc. Fifteen semi-finalists, representing a broad range of musical genres and styles will perform on the Main Stage Thursday evening September 1, and Friday evening September 2. Five finalists will perform for the judges on Saturday September 3, with the Grand Prize Winner and Runner-Up headlining the State Fair on Sunday evening September 4.