Battle of the Bands at this Year’s Swain County Agricultural Fair

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Food at the FairGrab your tacos and find a seat under the entertainment tent for a day of live music as the Swain County Agricultural Fair presents its first ever Battle of the Bands.

This event is scheduled for Saturday, August 19th as part of the 2023 Swain County Agricultural Fair. The Battle of the Bands will kick-off at 11:00 a.m and will feature 6 finalists who will showcase their talents while they compete for prize money.

Does your band have what it takes? We are currently accepting entries for the top 6 finalists to compete. The good news is there is not an entry fee to participate in this contest.

Bands must have a minimum of 3 members and be in one of the following music genres: Country, Bluegrass, Gospel, Americana.

Battle of the Bands BannerBands who are interested in competing to be a finalist must submit a digital file to the Swain County Agricultural Fair on or before July 28th. Contest entry form can be found at the Battle of the Bands page. The demo should include 2 original/covered songs.

Five (5) judges will review the entries and select 6 bands who will compete in the Battle of the Bands. Finalists will be notified by August 4, 2023.

The top 3 bands will be awarded prize money:  First Place – $1,500, Second Place – $1,000, Third Place – $500

More information about contest rules and judging criteria can be found at the Swain Fair Website or by calling (828) 488-3848.


In addition to enjoying live music, the Swain County Agricultural Fair offers food and craft vendors, livestock shows and activities for kids. The N.C. Cooperative Extension, Swain County Center will also be showcasing prize winning entries in agricultural produce, home canned and baked goods, 4-H arts and crafts, and more.

Canned goods at the fairFood vendors provide a wide array of tasty eats including hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, popcorn, tacos, BBQ and French Fries.

Admission to the Battle of the Bands is included with the $5.00 per car entry fee paid at the entrance gate.

Come out and enjoy a fun day, bring your friends and family and we look forward to seeing you at the Swain County Agricultural Fair.