Sixteen high school marching bands will congregate in Ripley on Sat., Oct. 5 for Viking Fest, an annual competition at Memorial Stadium.

The competition begins at 1 p.m. Admission is $7.

Bands are judged in categories such as marching, music, and general effect. Awards are presented for the best color guard, majorettes, twirler, field commanders, soloist, and percussion.

Bands are divided into divisions based on the number of members as opposed to school size. Competing in Class C are Calhoun County, Sissonville, Southern (Ohio), Wahama, and Williamstown. Class B is comprised of Greenbrier West, Herbert Hoover, Nicholas County, Paden City, Ravenswood, and Ritchie County.

Class A bands are Roane County and Tyler Consolidated. George Washington, Parkersburg South and Richwood compete in the Open Class. As the host band, Ripley performs in exhibition, but is not eligible for awards.

Ravenswood is scheduled to perform at 2:30 p.m. and Ripley will be on the field at 5:45 p.m.

The presentation of awards follows the Viking Band performance.