Avon Lake’s Zachary Brady is one of only 200 high school singers selected for the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir, performing now through Aug. 5 at the Ohio State Fair.
After the choir converged at the Ohio State Expo Center in Columbus on July 19, members spent five days rehearsing before the official opening of the 157th Ohio State Fair on July 25.
On each day of the fair, the Choir will sing for some 60,000 fairgoers, performing at six to eight sites on the 260-acre fairgrounds, totaling more than 100 performances during the course of the fair.
Brady has been on site continuously since his parents dropped him off. The choir stays in dorms at the Rhodes Center at the Fairgrounds.
Since 1992, the All-Ohio Youth Choir, which was founded in 1963 by Glenville D. Thomas, has been led by Charles Snyder. On Aug. 4, the Choir will be joined by hundreds of alumni in a song celebration.
Ohio is the only state that has a dedicated choir and band associated with its state fair.
The 2012 Choir’s show is entitled Keep the Dream Alive, a celebration of the Choirs 50 years of performing.
Brady, 15, is the son of Jim and Debbie Brady of Avon Lake. He has hopes of becoming a surgeon and would like to attend The Ohio State University or the University of Kentucky.
The Avon Lake High School sophomore has performed with the Avon Lake Men’s Chorus under the direction of choral director Bill Zurkey and plans to return next year.