So there was a talent contest of sorts for the "East KY State Fair" this year. The winner of the contest got a cash prize and a chance to open for the headlining act. A steel drum combo that a friend plays in won the contest but it turns out he couldn't play so I got to sub. We arrived "early" at about 4:30, we were supposed to play at 6. After sitting through the soundcheck for a country band they were ready to soundcheck us. The soundman didn't want to put anything through the monitors for the drummer because he didn't have enough wires and it would "mess everything up" for the headlining act, which was fine because the headliner gets priority but it seemed odd. So after getting mics on all the percussion they tell us they are ready and announce us. After playing two songs the soundman gives us the ole "one more" sign. So... I got $200 for a 10 minute gig. I guess it's cool but I feel bad that the promoters paid out so much money for a band that played such a short time. They could have got tons of great local bands to play for free. I suppose they wanted something different though.