The Modesto Bee and the Stanislaus County Fair have extended by one week the deadline for singers, musicians and bands to enter a contest for a chance to win performance time at the fair.
The act judged most popular in the "Taste of Talent" contest will perform on Thursday evening, July 22, on the Cencal Beverage Co. Center Stage.
The original deadline was at 7 p.m. today, but to encourage more entries the deadline has been extended a week to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 1.
The winners will perform on Kids Free Night at the fair, in which children ages 12 and under will be admitted at no charge. It's also the night when the popular group Boys Like Girls will perform on the Budweiser Variety Free Stage.
Individuals entering the contest must live in or bands must be based in one of five California counties: Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus or Tuolumne.
Readers of The Modesto Bee and modbee.com will vote for their favorite acts on modbee.com. The highest-rated act will win, subject to review and approval by officials of the Stanislaus County Fair.
The winning performer or group must have transportation to the fair and must supply any instruments, amplifiers, microphones, speakers or any other audio/video equipment.
Voting for the seven acts already entered is under way.
To vote or to enter the contest -- and for complete details and official rules -- go to this link.
Registration to enter or vote, which is required, takes only a minute or two.