Battle of Bands entries sought 02.09.2011

Written by David Green.

Registration is underway for the 2011 Morenci Town & Country Festival “Battle of the Bands.”

This will mark the fourth year of the battle which has grown to become the second largest event next to the fireworks show, said organizer Kent Deatrick.

The first year of competition included nine bands, with one winner chosen.  The second year involved five bands and three winners.  In 2010 there were seven bands with two winners—one determined by popular vote and the other by three judges.  

Two winners will be selected again this year, one among the progressive/industrial/metal bands and one from classic rock/country bands.

A $50 entry fee will be charged, along with a $50 performance deposit that will be refunded after a band fulfills its obligations agreement. The two winners will split the total amount collected from entrance fees.

The winners will be chosen from votes  cast on a paid per vote basis. Votes will cost $1 each, with quantity discounts at $5 and $10. Application forms are available at http://drwebs.com/battleofthebands/2011/bands2011.htm.

The event is scheduled June 24 at the Town and Country Festival.

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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