LINCOLN, Neb. (Apr. 1, 2019) – The Nebraska Sports Council has opened its annual statewide competition to determine who will perform the Star Spangled Banner at the Cornhusker State Games Opening Ceremonies.

This year, auditions will be open to individual performers. Last year, when the competition was open only to groups, Nebraska Brass Band, an instrumental group based in Omaha, won the competition. The contest is sponsored by Amigos/Kings Classic.

This year’s Opening Ceremonies will take place Friday, July 19 at Seacrest Field in Lincoln. Besides the traditional parade of athletes, anthem and torch lighting, entertainment includes skydivers, mascots, fireworks and nationally renowned trampoline act Flippenout. The show is open to the public with $10 for adults, $5 for students, registered athletes and kids under five admitted free.

To enter the anthem contest, individuals must upload one audition video to and email the video link to by April 28 at midnight. A judging panel will determine up to five finalists by May 3. Finalist videos will be posted on the Cornhusker State Games Facebook page and online voting will take place May 3-19. The winning performer will be announced on May 20.

Individual entrants are required to include their name, age, hometown, phone number and email address, along with the contest video link in the email. All individuals must be amateur performers and Nebraska residents for at least 30 days. There is no cost to enter the anthem contest.

Some 11,000 Nebraskans are expected to participate in the 35th annual Cornhusker State Games, which take place July 19-28. Registration is now open in more than 70 sports. Those interested in the anthem contest or other CSG events can register or find more information at or by calling 402-471-2544.

The Cornhusker State Games is a qualifying event for the 2021 State Games of America (SGA), which takes place in Ames/Des Moines, Iowa.

The Cornhusker State Games is conducted by the Nebraska Sports Council, which also conducts the Nebraska Corporate Games, LiveWell Challenge, the Mud Run and the Pumpkin Run. Platinum partners include Nebraska Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, Farmers Mutual of Nebraska and LinPepCo.