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Adair County earned the grand champion title in the annual Lincoln Days Invitational marching band competition held Saturday at LaRue County High School.
The competition attracted 16 bands with the top eight performances from the preliminaries advancing to the final round in the evening. Six judges ranked the bands based on music, music effect, visual and visual effect to provide an overall score.
Adair, a Class 3A band based on school enrollment, had the top preliminary round score of 88. Their score improved to 88.45 in the finals. Next best was Class 5A Marshall County with a score of 84.80.
The bands were judged separately on guard and percussion with Adair County also receiving top honors in those categories.
Other schools to qualify for the finals were Woodford County, Elizabethtown, Corbin, John Hardin, Anderson County, Taylor County, Henry Clay and South Oldham.
Elizabethtown had the best score in Class AA at 75.80. South Oldham was the best in Class AAA with an 81.55.
As host band, the LaRue County Band of Hawks played in exhibition.