BHS wins Battle of the Bands at Carroll County Fair

Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Berryville High School band members (from left) Mason Mabry, Brody Perkins, drum major Lauren Spurlock, Robbie Bartos, Kelci Blevins and Roman Johnson show off the first-place plaque from the 2021 Carroll County Fair Battle of the Bands. The Bobcats earned the award in competition against bands from three other area schools.
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The Berryville High School band has a new trophy to display after claiming first place in the annual Carroll County Fair Battle of the Bands.

“I am so proud of all the band kids in our county and especially these Berryville Bobcats,” said Berryville band director Doug Blevins. “It is a tough environment right now with a lot of COVID quarantines, but these kids keep showing up and pressing on.”

The Bobcats topped competition from three other schools — Eureka Springs, Green Forest and Alpena — and were awarded a newly designed plaque for their efforts.

The plaque, made in the shape of Carroll County, was crafted by Larry Brooks, a former agriculture teacher at Berryville High School, as part of a new tradition in which the winning band will take ownership of the plaque until the next competition.

“This is a tradition that we hope will grow excitement around the bands performing at the fair each year,” said fair board member Katie Swofford. “We had great attendance in the audience this year and look for that to grow in the future.”

The plaque will hang in the Berryville High band room until the 2022 county fair, when the Bobcats will have a chance to defend their title.

“I want to say thank you to the residents of Carroll County for supporting your local high school bands,” said Blevins. “These kids work just as hard as any athlete and I’m thankful the fair board is recognizing these outstanding students and their effort.”

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