The Barnum Festival announces statewide vocal competition

Young singers are invited to show their vocal talents during Barnum’s Got Talent.

The competition is part of the Bridgeport region’s annual salute to iconic 19th Century showman P.T. Barnum will feature a statewide vocal competition that includes four age groups and cash prizes with the finals taking place June 28 at the Bijou Theatre.

“The success of last year’s regional vocal competition inspired us to open up the contest to all of Connecticut in the spirit of P.T. Barnum’s blossoming of young talent,” said Paul Timpanelli, this year’s ringmaster.

All ages are welcome starting from 11 years and older. The top selected vocalists from four age groups will each receive a $500 cash prize. Auditions will take place June 1 at 2:30 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport.

All contestants must pre-register online through the Barnum Festival website by Friday, May 30. Audition fee is $10.

About the festival

The Barnum Festival was established in 1949 to celebrate the life and times of P.T. Barnum and to commemorate the history of Bridgeport.

The Barnum Festival is dedicated to providing exciting family entertainment which enriches the community, embraces diversity and celebrates life. Events produced through the passion of our volunteers brings to the community Champions on Parade, The Wing Ding Parade for Children, The “Got Talent” Vocal Competition, a fireworks display at Seaside Park and The Great Street Parade.

For more information, visit or call 203-367-8495.