LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Judging for the preliminary competition of the Kentucky State Fair Battle of the Bands gets under way this week in Louisville.
The contest features 24 bands from Kentucky and Indiana and begins at 11 a.m. EDT Saturday at Mom's Music.
A panel of music industry judges will choose the 15 bands to advance to the Battle of the Bands finals Aug. 18 at the state fair.
Farm Credit Mid-America sponsors the venue for youth music, and the contest revives a tradition of showcasing young adult bands. To qualify, at least half the band's members must be 14 to 20, with no band member older than 24.
The winning band earns a session in the studios of Jetlag Recordings.