County officials in northeastern Utah were forced to apologize for a woman's rendition of the National Anthem after they had been bombarded with emails, phone calls and social media complaints, affiliate KUTV reported.
"Summit County wishes to express a sincere apology to anyone who attended the 2017 fair demolition derby and felt the performance of the national anthem did not meet reasonable expectations of decorum," a Monday statement read. "In organizing special events, Summit County strives to maintain a standard of excellence which guarantees the best experience for all who attend."
The weekend performance quickly drew criticism among those in attendance.
“In my opinion someone should of had the obligation to walk out and take the mic from this person and apologize to all who were in attendance. Allowing this to go on for the entire rendition of our anthem was not acceptable!!” Steven L. Woolstehulme said on the county's Facebook page.
Another asked if she was drunk.
While some blasted the woman's off-tune delivery, others applauded the county's accountability and transparency.
“Thank you, Summit County Fair Board. You are a class act. The Summit County Fair has always been celebrated by my family, and we look forward to attending this year and every year.” Carol France wrote.
The performer's identity remains unconfirmed, but Summit County's public affair coordinator, said that the woman had a credible record. The singer, nonetheless, was recommended by word of mouth.
““It appeared she (the singer) had a solid history," Krachel Greenwood said. "We don’t have a clear answer on what happened. We are re-evaluating our procedures on how talent is selected, screening mic checks and even paying more attention in the final moments before the performance.”
As for the woman's sobriety, Greenwood wouldn't confirm or deny the allegations.
“We are also looking into interference with our microphone system and audio feedback – she claims she couldn’t hear very well.”
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