Young musicians competed in two separate contests at the fair Thursday evening, providing three hours of entertainment at the Free Stage.
The pop rock foursome Whosah won Battle of the Bands for the second straight year. Consisting of Dallas Erdahl of Elk River and three Maple Grove brothers, Jake, Mack and Spencer Grimes, they performed their own song “Geometry” along with “Call Me Maybe” and “Stand by Me.” Jake is the drummer, the others on guitar, with Spencer as lead singer.
Dirtee Circus, four 20-year-olds from St. Cloud who revel in ’80s hard rock in all its long-haired, tattooed, head-tossing glory, placed second. With lead singer Beau Lastavich, guitarists Tyler Azure and Trey Gust, and drummer Jon Papineau, they performed “Sweet Emotion,” “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” and “Stand Up and Shout,” plus their own “One Man.”
Otsego duo Garrett and Jason McCombs placed third. There were only three entrants but each turned in a good performance.
Olivia Robinson, 11, of Zimmerman, won the Sherburne County Teen Idol contes, captivating the audience with an a cappella rendition of a gospel song “Redeemer” and Martina McBride’s “Concrete Angel.” There were six finalists after two rounds earlier in the day.
Kenzie Miller, 12, of Elk River, placed second, singing “A Thousand Years” and “The Climb,” while Alison Hudson, 10, dressed as a cowgirl and singing “The House that Built Me” and “Only Prettier,” placed third.
Prize money was awarded for the top three in each category including $500 for first place in bands and $100 for first place in teen idol.