The contestants have been selected, the stage is set, now let the battle begin!

I mean, let the battle begin on the 4th of July!

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Get Ready To Jam

Nearly 3,000 votes were cast on for 18 area entrants. The public has spoken, their votes tallied and nine area vocalists and bands have been chosen to perform at the fifth-annual Yakima AppleJam Battle of the Bands.



 Crazy-Cool Cockaphonix


The Bands include:

The Flat Rocks, Code 3, Cockaphonix, Mattlock and the Keys, and Forget Me Not.

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Miss Amanda Simmons

Vocalists are:

Ally Fraser-Robinson, Amanda Simmons, Maya Amos, and HipHop artist Coaster.

They do it for the glory, the recognition, aaaand for a chunk of the 15-hundred in prize money up for grabs, along with a spot performing at this year’s Central Washington State Fair.

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getty images

Where and When

This year’s 4th of July Celebration is scheduled from Noon to 11:00 p.m. Thursday, July 4th, at State Fair Park, 1301 South Fair Avenue, Yakima.

Musicians will be ranked by VIP judges according to ability, crowd enthusiasm, stage presence, and more. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded before the fireworks celebration begins.

Divvy Up The Dough

The highest-ranked band will win $500 and the highest-ranked solo performance will win $500. An additional $500 will go to the artist with the best overall performance.

The live music competition starts at 4:00 p.m. and goes until the fireworks start. You can hear live rehearsals starting at 1:00.

Kena Betancur/Getty Images
Kena Betancur/Getty Images

Other activities at this year’s 4th of July Celebration include fair food, face painting, kids’ fun zone, a water slide, a beer garden, carnival rides, and the area’s largest fireworks display.

Yakima’s 4th Of July is a free event and is presented by Yakima Federal Savings and Loan and Sponsored by the County of Yakima, City of Yakima, and City of Union Gap. Special assistance is given by Ted Brown Music.

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