A Battle of the Bands competition is one of the many activities planned for the city’s 175th anniversary celebration.

To enter, bands should make and post a YouTube video of them performing. All entries must be submitted by Monday, April 21.

Preliminary rounds will start on Facebook May 5 and the finalists will perform on stage at the fairgrounds during the city’s birthday picnic Saturday, May 24.

Approximately 75 percent of the band members must be students at a Franklin County school.

Videos must be at least two minutes in length, but no longer than six minutes.

Videos should contain at least one complete song. The judges will be looking for creativity.

Songs on the video submissions, as well as songs to be performed at the picnic, must be appropriate for a family environment.

The grand prize is a private performance by the band for their family and friends at Otis Campbell’s in Washington.

The rules state that judges may expand the competition at their discretion.

Bands should send a link to their video, along with the band/group name, all performing members names and ages, a contact name, phone number and email address to washmo175@gmail.com.

A 175th birthday gala was held last month to kick off the anniversary celebration.

Other major events being planned include a community parade and picnic and a dedication of the Owens monument over Memorial Day weekend.

Planning for the city’s birthday has been under way for over two years by the 175th Anniversary Committee, which includes several subcommittees to help coordinate specific events.

The parade will take place Saturday, May 24, at 11 a.m. through Downtown Washington followed by the picnic from noon to 7 p.m. at the city fairgrounds.

In addition to the Battle of the Bands competition, activities that day will include canoe races, boat races, dartball tournaments, sack races, bubble trucks, bake-off, bounce houses for the kids, face painting, sand volleyball tournaments, and a wide variety of food and drinks.

The 175th committee has a Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/Washmo175, where residents can stay up-to-date on activities.

Updated information also will be provided on Washington’s Chamber of Commerce website at www.WashMo.org.

To contact the committee, email washmo175@gmail.com.

Rodney Stoyer is the chair for the Battle of the Bands. River City Music is an event sponsor and flyers can be picked up there.