Battle of Bands back for second round


The Highland, Fayette and Clinton County visitors bureaus have announced that they collaborating again for the second annual Tri-County Battle of the Bands.

Fayette County Travel & Tourism Bureau will serve as the host for the event at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 in downtown Washington C.H. on South Main Street. The evening will also include a Shop Hop in the downtown businesses, food trucks, DORA and much more.

Executive directors for each local tourism bureau are working together to ensure a great event. Those directors are Stephanie Dunham of Fayette County Travel & Tourism Bureau, Susan Valentine-Scott of the Clinton County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Jamie Wheeler of the Visitors Bureau of Highland County.

Each visitor bureau has selected a band to represent their respective county and is thrilled to announce the lineup — Johnny Lawless for Fayette County, The Jesters for Highland County, and Vinyl Countdown for Clinton County.

“Fayette County Travel & Tourism Bureau is excited to host the event this year in downtown Washington C.H., “said Dunham. “It’s a pleasure to partner with Clinton County Convention & Visitor Bureau and the Visitors Bureau of Highland County to bring our communities together. We are looking forward to a fun evening of live music.”

The opening ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. and the first band will play at 7:30 p.m. Each band will perform for about 45 minutes. The audience will vote for the winner of the night. The winning band will receive a rotating trophy and bragging rights for being the winners of the 2023 Tri-County Battle of the Bands.

“We are very excited to have The Jesters representing Highland County in this friendly competition,” said Wheeler. “We encourage everyone to come out and cheer on their favorite band on Aug. 11 for this free event for the tri-county area.”

The mission of the Visitors Bureau of Highland County is to attract visitors to Highland County through education, promotion and marketing of attractions and activities in the region. The purpose of the VBHC is to educate, promote and provide support to tourism in Highland County. Learn more at

The winner of the inaugural contest was Highland County’s entry — Filo Beddoe.

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