The burgers won’t be the only things being grilled and judged this weekend.

KYYK-FM will be presenting the Uncle Fletch Battle of the Bands Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m., at the Lake Athens Marina. The competition, in conjunction with the annual Uncle Fletch Burger and Bar-B-Q Cook-Off, will be broadcast live on KYYK. The first-place winner will receive $600 and a slot on the KYYK playlist, with the runner-up receiving $400. All prize money is courtesy of the Uncle Fletch Hamburger Cook-Off Committee.

Lee Parkinson, general manager of KYYK, said the contest is open to anyone, provided the music is country or southern rock, due to the station’s format.

“We had to do it that way, since one of the prizes is airtime,” he said.

Solo artists may apply, but they must have their own musical accompaniment available.

“We’re looking for bands, mostly,” he said. The contest isn’t limited to just original artists. Parkinson said that cover acts may enter as well.

Parkinson said that there are currently four contestants signed up, and spaces are still available. “We have room for a maximum of 20 bands,” he said. Two of the acts, he said, are from Lampasas and Dallas.

“However, we’d like to have more acts from East Texas,” he said.

The way the judging will work has yet to be sorted out, according to Parkinson. He said one of the original plans was to possibly have a celebrity judge, with Casey Rivers of “Nashville Star” fame as a possibility. “Most of the artists have been committed to doing gigs on that day,” he said.

There is an entry fee of $100, which includes four free hamburger meals. All bands must submit a tape or CD for pre-judging.

“We want to have a feel for what they will sing, what songs they’ll choose,” Parkinson said. “We want to make sure it will fit in with the format.”

The deadline for signing up will be June 8 at 5 p.m., according to Parkinson. Any additional entry information, including a downloadable flyer and application form can be found at originalburger.com.

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