Three Iowa children will be pitting their memories against around 300 other contestants in the National Bible Bee.

The event begins Wednesday and runs through Saturday in Sevierville, Tenn.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that 15-year-old Joshua Bontrager and his 10-year-old brother, Taylor, from Kalona, will compete, as will 13-year-old Andrew Adams, of Clive.

There are different requirements for the various age divisions. In Joshua's senior division, for example, contestants are required to memorize 700 verses from the Bible books of 1 Timothy and 2 Timothy.

Taylor says the competition "gives you a chance to have God's word in your heart, and I also like the competition."

The 300 contestants in the finals are vying for $260,000 in prize money.