For Immediate Release
Wednesday, February 01, 2012

11:30 AM TO 8 PM

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (January 31, 2012) – Oh, say, can you sing? Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie will host its 16th annual National Anthem auditions on Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (weather permitting).

Soloists, duos, groups, choirs and instrumentalists are invited to try out for a chance to sing the National Anthem during one of Lone Star Park’s 79 live racing dates in 2012. The auditions will be held outdoors in close proximity to the winner’s circle, and performers will be shown and recorded on the racetrack’s infield JumboTron. Contestants will have two minutes to perform their version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" – a cappella for vocalists – and will be judged by Lone Star Park officials.

Walkups are welcome, but performers are encouraged to reserve an appointment by calling Lone Star Park at (972) 263-RACE. With 79 live dates in 2012 -- 53 during the Spring Thoroughbred Season that runs from April 12 - July 8, and 26 during the Fall Quarter Horse Meeting from Sept. 14 - Nov. 10 -- there are potentially 79 spots available.

Aspiring performers are urged to memorize the lyrics, keep their performance under two minutes and be prepared for a sound delay from the public address system. Those chosen to sing the National Anthem on a live race day will be notified by telephone and letter prior to the start of the Spring Thoroughbred season (usually two-to-three weeks after the audition). Each person selected to perform will receive box seats for four to that day’s live racing program.

Lone Star Park is located one half-mile north of Interstate 30 off Belt Line Road at 1000 Lone Star Parkway in Grand Prairie – 12 miles west of Dallas and 20 miles east of Fort Worth (enter through Parking Gate 5 and proceed to the Grandstand’s East Gate entrance).

For more information, call (972) 263-7223 or log on to LoneStarPark.com.

Lone Star Park’s 53-day 2012 Spring Thoroughbred Season opens Thursday, April 12 and concludes Sunday, July 8.  Live racing will be held four days a week with a first-race post-time of 6:35 p.m. for Thursday and Friday night programs (except Thursday, May 31 and Thursday, July 5 when there will be no live racing), and every Saturday and Sunday with a first-race post-time of 1:35 p.m.  Live racing will be conducted Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day) with a first-race post-time of 1:35 p.m.  Special twilight programs on Tuesday, July 3 (Pat Green in concert) and Wednesday, July 4 (Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration) will begin at 5 p.m. Lone Star Park also has a Quarter Horse Season in the fall of each year.  For more information, visit www.LoneStarPark.com.