March 8, 2011 Off By Roberta Johnston

Rodeo Austin is gearing up for the annual Fair and Rodeo, March 11th – March 26th, and is proud to partner with RAM Trucks to present live performances from the two finalists of the RAM Battle of the Bands contest. Aspiring country music bands or individual performers submitted their videos on the RAM Facebook page earlier this year, and fans across the country voted for their favorite group. The 10 highest voted videos moved on to the RAM panel of judges, from which the top two favorite videos were selected.

The results are in and Rodeo Austin is proud to present the two finalists, Justine Blazer and The Natalie Turgeon Band, live on March 20, 2011 at 12 PM. The two finalists will play their hearts out on Rodeo Austin’s Rockin’ A Outdoor Stage competing for two cash prizes. First place will take home $5,000 while second place gets $2,500. For more information about this exciting event, visit RodeoAustin.com and check it out on the RAM Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/RamTrucks. Congratulations to the finalists of RAM Battle of the Bands and may the best band win!

The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, contributes more than $1.6 million annually to the youth of Texas with the help of over 2,500 volunteers, donors and sponsors. Through its acclaimed Livestock Show, Fair, Rodeo and other fundraisers, the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo continues to work towards the advancement of its mission, Promoting Youth Education – Preserving Western Heritage. While delivering superior entertainment and boasting an economic impact that exceeds $54 million annually, the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo is an established community tradition founded in 1938. Staying true to the official sport of Texas, Austin is home to the world’s 6th largest indoor, regular season ProRodeo known as Rodeo Austin. For more information visit www.RodeoAustin.com.