Thea Sten, 13, of Schuylkill Haven received the most social media votes in the 2024 PA Farm Show national anthem contest and will sing the anthem at the opening ceremony in January, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced.
A panel of judges selected 25 finalists from among 55 qualified entries from across Pennsylvania for the “Oh, Say Can You Sing” contest. Finalists’ videos were posted on Facebook for fan voting to determine the winners, who will sing each morning and at special events during the weeklong show.
“Thea and a talented cast of singers from communities across Pennsylvania will set a tone of unity and pride in commonwealth and country as we start each day of the 2024 PA Farm Show,” Redding said in the state’s announcement of the winner.
The 108th Farm Show opens at 10 a.m. Jan. 6, during a ceremony at which Thea will sing.
The Greater Harrisburg Sweet Adelines Chorus will sing live from the Giant Expo Hall at 8 a.m. to kick off the day.
“The 2024 Farm Show theme, Connecting Our Communities, celebrates the best of our agriculture industry and what unites us,” Redding said. “The Star-Spangled Banner unites our communities, regardless of our differences.”
Thea, an eighth grader at Blue Mountain Middle School, becomes the third straight singer from Schuylkill County to win the contest. Last year, 6-year-old Mia Bixler of Schuylkill Haven claimed the most votes and opened the 2023 show, while in 2022, Kalli Smith of Gordon took the honors.
Thea is a member of Spotlight Kidz, a Pottsville-based youth performance group.
Source: Berkshire mont