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  1. Contestants must be of legal age in the state in which they enter the contest. If the contestant is a minor child they must provide a legally signed waiver by parent or guardian.
  2. Contestants must be of good moral character.
  3. Contestants will be responsible for their own expense to and from the local and state contest.
  4. Contestants must perform Country Music in the local and state competition.
  5. All local contest winners agree to appear at the State Finals. If for some reason a local winner should be unable to appear, the Radio Station or the Hodag Country Festival has the right but not the obligation to replace the local winner not appearing with the 1st runner-up from the local area which would not otherwise be represented. The winner on the State level is expected to attend the opening ceremonies for the Country Band Contest and the Hodag Country Festival the following year.
  6. Contestants will be judged by 5 qualified judges on appearance, professionalism, preparedness, material, audience interaction, stage ability and vocal ability.
  7. All regional winners will receive at least $250.00 cash prize money upon competing at the finals July 14th, 2018 at the Hodag Country Festival.
  8. The Hodag Country Festival and Miller Beer of the Northwoods will provide cash prizes at the State Championship contest held in Rhinelander, Wisconsin: 1st Place - $2,500.00, 2nd Place - $1,250.00, 3rd Place - $750.00, 4th through last place - $250.00
  9. The winner will be titled "Wisconsin State Champion Performer(s)" for 1 year from date of winning.
  10. 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners of Regionals will receive free weekend passes to the Hodag Country Festival - July 12, 13, 14, 15, 2018 (Band Members Only - Performers).
  11. Any regional winner of the Wisconsin State Championship Contest 2017 may not compete in another region for prizes or awards. Contestants who do not win in a region may compete in any of the other regional events with the permission of the radio station sponsor.
  12. All regional winner band members must be the same members that compete at the State contest. Any changes must be approved by the Hodag Country Festival Committee.
  13. Solo contestants must provide own back-up band if needed.
  14. State winner at Hodag Country Festival cannot enter contests for 2 years after reign. (example: 2018 winner cannot compete until Spring of 2020)

The 41st Annual Hodag Country Festival - July 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th, 2018

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