Rule #1: Have fun! Although competitions are, by design, "competitive" in nature, the purpose of these competitions is to allow you to have an enjoyable time with fellow musicians and the audience, and showcase your talent. Use this opportunity to meet and make connections with others, support your genre of music, and show the audience what you can do! Everyone that is willing to step up on the stage is a winner. In that spirit, have fun!
♪ Open to all high school and younger. Two categories: elementary school & younger and
middle & high schoolers.
♪ Registration from 9 - 10 AM.
♪ Limited to 75 entrants.
♪ Acoustic instruments only. Categories are Banjo, Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Open
(traditional bluegrass or old time instruments) and Band.
♪ Individuals perform one tune, no more that 2½ minutes in length. No vocals for
individual competitors. Each contestant is allowed one (1) accompaniment (no age
restriction on the accompaniment). Points deducted if over 3 minutes.
♪ Bands must have 3 members and an established name. Bands perform two tunes, no
more than 2½ minutes in length each. Points deducted if over 3 minutes. Vocals
encouraged for band competitors.
♪ In case of a tie in any category, contestants should be prepared to play 1 additional tune
for a tie breaker
♪ Competition takes place 10:30 AM - 3 PM, or until all competitors have competed.
♪ Contestants may NOT speak into the microphone. Points will be deducted.
♪ Blind judging. Judges will not be able to see the competitors and each competitor will be
announced by number issued, not name.
♪ No registration fees.
♪ 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place ribbons will be provided to the winners. No monetary awards
♪ 1st place winners in each category will have the opportunity to play a tune on the main
stage during the Youth Showcase at 4:30.
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