More than 200 people watched 16 bands battle for the top spot Saturday in the Norwalk Theatre's Country Music Showcase.
The 3 1/2-hour show featured bands from all over the state. But it was a local competitor who won the prize as Alaina West of Berlin Heights took home the $100 cash prize.
Jordan DePew of Fremont placed second, taking home $50. Both will open for David Church, top Hank Williams Sr. tribute artist, June 16 at the Norwalk Theatre.
The third-place $25 gift certificate to Castle Music went to Jillian Caudill from Lexington, and fourth place went to Willard's own Steve Chambers.
All four will be written up in Indie Islands magazine.
Judges included Chris Castle of Castle Music and David Church.
"Everybody had a great time," owner Teresa LaFountain said. People were thanking them Saturday night and they have already received e-mails, she said.
The LaFountains are considering more showcase events, although not necessarily just country music. They are really thinking of doing a dance competition.
Teresa LaFountain also said she was inspired by the four bluegrass bands to do a bluegrass festival, perhaps in October. Bluegrass isn't really her cup of tea, she said, but these bands were so talented, she now wants to get them back. The father-son duo, County Line II, from Bellevue, in particular, she said, really got her.
The son plays the mandolin "like nobody's business," she said.