Youth singing competition to take center stage as part of Tri-Rail’s sixth annual “Rail Fun Day” in celebration of its 25th anniversary

 Pompano Beach, Fla. (October 18, 2013) – Tri-Rail invites talented kids to audition for “South Florida’s Kids Got Talent,” a singing competition for youth ages 5 to 17. Kids throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties will compete for a chance to perform at Tri-Rail’s sixth annual “Rail Fun Day” community celebration, where one act will be awarded a $500 grand prize.  Auditions will be held on Sat., Dec.7 at SFRTA/Tri-Rail’s Administrative Offices, located at 800 NW 33rd Street in Pompano Beach.

 “Tri-Rail is excited to once again showcase the incredible talent of our local youth,” said Bonnie Arnold, public information officer of SFRTA/Tri-Rail.  “With our 25th anniversary celebration underway, this is the perfect platform to connect with families and further our position as the way to travel throughout the region.”

 Over the past two years, South Florida’s Kids Got Talent has brought together several talented acts all on one stage. Shelsie Mattaranz of Pembroke Pines won the first annual competition with her rendition of Beyonce’s “Listen” from the “Dreamgirls” soundtrack. Last year, Sivan Ben-David of Ft. Lauderdale took home the grand prize, performing “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from the classic movie “Funny Girl” and popular hit television show “Glee.”

 The competition is open to solo or group singers who are South Florida residents ages 5-17.  Each act will have a 4-minute opportunity to perform at the auditions. A panel of judges will select the acts that will compete in the final competition, which is scheduled for Jan. 25 during Tri-Rail’s “Rail Fun Day.”  Only one act will be selected to win the $500 grand prize.

 Tri-Rail’s sixth annual “Rail Fun Day” is a FREE family-friendly event, celebrating the commuter rail system’s 25th anniversary with its sixth annual “Rail Fun Day,” a community celebration.  Over the past five years, the event has welcomed nearly 12,000 families to enjoy a FREE fun-filled afternoon of arts and crafts activities, games, giveaways and live entertainment, while educating families about the value of riding Tri-Rail to enjoy all that South Florida has to offer.

 To register for an audition time for “South Florida’s Kids Got Talent,” please call 954-714-7893 by November 27, 2013.

 About Tri-Rail

Tri-Rail, South Florida’s premier commuter rail system, serves Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties with 17 conveniently located train stations, bus and Metrorail connections and service every day of the year. For more information about Tri-Rail, visit or call 1-800-TRI-RAIL.

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