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New ‘Rock The Fair’ Battle of the Bands Competition Announced

Musical Acts Invited to Compete for $2,000 Grand Prize

Hutchinson, Kan. — Musicians of all ages, genres and locales are invited to participate in the Kansas State Fair’s new battle of the bands event, “Rock the Fair.” The winner will receive a $2,000 cash prize, and the chance to perform as an opening act for a 2022 Nex-Tech Grandstand act.

The field of contestants will be narrowed through three rounds of competition. In the first round, bands will submit videos of their performances – both a cover and an original song. Ten bands will be chosen by a panel of judges and a people’s choice online voting component from the open entries round.

The top ten bands will battle in a semi-final round on Saturday, June 25th at the Kansas State Fairgrounds during the Fair, Food, and Tunes event. After judging and scoring in the semi-final round, the top 5 bands will face off on Friday, September 9th during the fair at Nex-Tech Grandstand.

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

First Place: $2,000, and opening for a grandstand act

Second Place: $1,000, and opening for a grandstand act

Third Place: $500

There is no cost to apply, and interested groups are invited to submit their entries by April 1 at

“We’re thrilled to host this competition, and we hope it gives up-and-coming bands a chance to get in front of bigger audiences than they’d ever imagined,” said Bryan Schulz, Kansas State Fair General Manager. “Most people don’t realize that around 300,000 people visit the fair every year. This is a tremendous opportunity!”

Full rules and regulations can be found at Please call 620.669.3887 for questions.


The 2022 Kansas State Fair is set for September 9-18 in Hutchinson, Kansas. Proudly the largest gathering of Kansans each year, the Fair celebrates all the things beloved about the state: agriculture, education, entertainment, and more. For more information, and to learn about 2022 Fair offerings, visit

New ‘Rock The Fair’ Battle of the Bands Competition Announced
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