WV Open Fiddle & Banjo Contest

WV Open Fiddle & Banjo Contest

July 27, 2019

History

The West Virginia Open Fiddle & Banjo Contest has its roots in the Mountain State Forest Festival dating back to the early 1930s. It was revived in 2007 when Augusta Heritage Center teamed up with the Randolph County Fair Association. It has been held as part of the Mountain State Forest Festival and the last several years it has been held as part of the Annual Augusta Festival. This year the festival lands on Saturday, July 27th and will be held in the Shelter Stage in the Elkins City Park.

As an “open” contest, participants from any state or region are welcome to enter. Three prizes will be awarded in fiddle and banjo, as well as a best senior musician prize for age 60 and older, and a best youth musician prize for age 15 and younger. Contest information here.

Contest Rules

2019 West Virginia Open Fiddle & Banjo Contest

Shelter Stage / Elkins City Park
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Schedule

10:00 – 11:00 Register for West Virginia Open Fiddle & Banjo Contest
11:00 Bluegrass Banjo Contest
1:00 Old-Time Banjo Contest
3:00 Fiddle Contest
Performances between Contests – Big Possum Stringband, Old-Time Tunes & Songs

Contest Rules

Awards

Fiddle

  • First Place: $200
  • Second Place: $100
  • Third Place: $50

Old-Time Banjo

  • First Place: $200
  • Second Place: $100
  • Third Place: $50

Bluegrass Banjo

  • First Place: $200
  • Second Place: $100
  • Third Place: $50

Overall Best Senior Musician

  • $100

Overall Best Youth Musician

  • $100

Thank you to the West Virginia Open Fiddle and Banjo Contest 2019 sponsors: