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First-time contestant Derek Heitala of Two Harbors, Minn, performs with Switch guitarist Jeff Brewer. Heitala was one of the two winners in Sebeka and will advance to the state contest in Walker on Oct. 11. He is representing KWAD/KNSP.1 / 3
Lee Compton of Brainerd was one of two winners of the Texaco Country Showdown in Sebeka and is representing KKWS/K-106. He has been in the competitions before, and this year he will advance to the state contest at Northern Lights Casino in Walker, Minn.2 / 3
Kathy Neumeister and Josh Renneker sing in the band Switch before the eight contestants perform in the Texaco Country Showdown held by the Sebeka fire hall Friday, June 29. The national contest was formerly called the Colgate Country Showdown.3 / 3