The warm weather is finally here and summer is right around the corner. Of course with summer comes that fun week of carnival rides, games, food and shows known as the Rice County Fair. This year's fair will be July 19-24 and features Enduro Auto Races, Great Frontier Bull Riding, the NTPA Truck and Tractor Pull, the Demolition Derby and new this year, the Battle of the Bands. This event is scheduled to get underway at 7PM on Wednesday, July 20, in the grandstand and hopes to bring in bands from all over the community as well as the surrounding communities and states.

So far the rules, as I understand them, require that you have a three-piece band consisting of a singer, guitarist and drummer. You should also have three to five songs ready to showcase your band's talents. They're hoping to have 10 bands signed up for the competition. The more groups that are involved, the fewer songs you'll have to perform and vice versa. The winning band will perform at the summer's premiere music event, the Blue Collar BBQ and Arts Festival in downtown Faribault.

If you think your outfit has what it takes to go head-to-head with some of the area's best bands, then go to or call (507) 332-2470. Don't forget to bring your best game that night along with your family, friends, fans and groupies and be ready to rock the Rice County Fair!