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Eyes on the prize

For those who think halftime shows are the best part of the high school football experience, the Andalusia High School Band Boosters are sponsoring just the event — the fifth annual A-Town Invitational.

More than 20 bands, including those from each local high school and as far away as Robertsdale, will take the field today to battle it out on the green for title of “Best in Class.”

Each band will be performing halftime routines in approximately 20-minute intervals, beginning at 12:20 p.m. with the Red Level High School band.

Emily Yehling, vice president of the AHS band boosters, said the event, which is the group’s biggest annual fund-raiser, is expected to bring more than 5,000 people to Andalusia.

“Operating a high school band is very expensive, so all the money we earn — after expenses — goes for uniforms, travel costs, extra instruments, instrument repair and more,” she said. “So the more people that turn out gives us more of an opportunity to provide a great band experience for our children.”

Gates will open at 11:45 p.m. and concessions will be available. Armband admission is $5 per person and is good all day.

The evening will conclude with a show by the host band, AHS’s “A Sound Tradition,” at 8:50 p.m., followed by awards at 9 p.m.