The Battle of the Bands made its Grandstand debut at the Steele County Fair Wednesday night. A huge crowd cheered on ten bands. Hello Heart of Owatonna won the Grand Prize.

The 2014 Steele County Battle of the Bands was held Wednesday night in the Grandstand of the Fair.  The largest crowd ever to attend the 14 year old event witnessed the most bands ever entered in the event.  10 Bands of all styles from Owatonna, Rochester, Mankato, Kasson and Spring Valley competed for $500 Grand Prize, a 2 night band booking at Treasure Island Casino and The People's Choice Award.

Grand Prize Winning Band was Hello Heart from Owatonna
Hello Heart members include Christian Nelson, Christian Walz and Gabe Hart. Hello Heart took home the $500 grand prize and Treasure Island Casino booking by scoring the highest of all bands among all the judges. By winning the battle of the bands, Hello Heart will also be competing in the Steele County Talent Show held Sunday afternoon in Fair Square.
People's Choice Award awarded to the band that had the greatest crowd response while playing combined with crowd cheering at the end of the event was won by Discord Curse from Owatonna.  Members of Discord Curse include Antonio Jandro, Tristian Knish, Derek Petrika, Gavin Barrett and Ed Chavie.
"I'm extra happy!"
-Mark Woodrich, Battle of the Bands promoter, said about holding the event in the Grandstand
A big crowd packed the Grandstand at the Steele County Fair for the Battle of the Bands, which was held in the grandstand for the first time
Grand Prize winning group Hello Heart of Owatonna. The band includes Christian Nelson, Christian Walz and Gabe Hart.