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Ionia Idol

Date: July 14 - July 17, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM
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Ionia Idol is an annual vocal music competition held during the Ionia Free Fair in Ionia, Michigan. Contestants battle it out in front of 3 judges for the chance to win $1,500! Contestants are judged on 4 categories: talent, stage presence, vocal range, and overall impression. The top 3 are awarded cash prizes of $1,500, $750, and $250.

Ionia Idol got its start in 2004 as the Ionia Free Fair’s first vocal music competition. Contestants come from all over the State to compete on our stage.

The event takes place over the course of 4 days beginning with 3 days of semi-finals, followed by the finals on the last day. Individuals who are approved to compete in the semi-finals will perform one time during the first 3 days of competition. Those who win the semi-finals go on to the finals on the 4th day.

To enter this competition, singers must submit an application and registration fee by the established deadline annually. Rules and information on how to apply can be found below. There is no age limit, but you must be a Michigan resident.

Fairgoers are able to attend for FREE to cheer on their favorite contestants.

Follow us on Facebook at Ionia Idol for the latest updates. For questions email us at IoniaIdol@ioniafreefair.com.

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2018 Ionia Idol Winners

1st Place: Maverick Musser, Saranac
2nd Place: Marley Camacho, Ionia
3rd Place: Kayla Hagen, Lansing


The winner of Ionia Idol returns to the Ionia Free Fair the following year to perform during the Ionia Idol finals and other special events throughout the 10 days of the fair such as the Governor’s Day luncheon, Queen’s Contest, and the Grand Opening Parade.

2019 Ionia Idol Application

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To pay for your registration online, go to the upper right hand corner and click on TICKETS, there you will find an item for Ionia Idol Entry Fee.

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Ionia Idol
July 14 - July 17, 2019 | 7:00 PM
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