WV Open Fiddle & Banjo Contest

WV Open Fiddle & Banjo Contest

August 12, 2017

Contest Rules |

Thank you to the West Virginia Open

Fiddle and Banjo Contest 2017 sponsors:

The Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College welcomes musicians and spectators from across the region to the college campus for the West Virginia Open Fiddle and Banjo Contest on Saturday, August 12th. New this year, the contest is going to be held in conjunction with the Annual Augusta Festival in the Elkins City Park.

Organizers say the contest draws some of the most talented traditional musicians in West Virginia and that it, “celebrates the music of this region and promotes pride within the local community for our shared cultural heritage” stated Becky Hill, Events Coordinator for Augusta Heritage Center.

Registration for the contest begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 12th at the Shelter Stage in the Elkins City Park. Cash prizes will be awarded in Banjo and Fiddle. The contest will start at 11 a.m. and run until all contestants have competed. There is no registration fee to compete.

The contest has its roots in the Mountain State Forest Festival dating back to the early 1930s. It was revived in 2007 when the Augusta Heritage Center teamed up with the Randolph County Fair Association. Last year it was held as part of the Mountain State Forest Festival and this year it will be held as part of the Annual Augusta Festival.

“We hope that adding this event to our festival it will attract participants and spectators from all over, and that it can be part of our annual celebration; carrying the tradition on for years to come!” stated Hill.

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. Awards are $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place in fiddle and banjo.

Sponsors for this year’s event are Big Timber Brewing The Delmonte Market and Market CreamerySmakula Fretted Instruments, and several anonymous donors. “These sponsors are working together to keep the tradition going and we are very grateful for their support,” stated Hill.

The Augusta Heritage Center is also home to significant collections of field recordings, oral histories, photographs, instruments and Appalachian art. To learn more visit www.augustaheritagecenter.org or call the Augusta Heritage Center office at 304-637-1209.

A D&E center of excellence for more than 40 years, the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College offers several week-long programs featuring instruction in many traditions of music, dance, craft and folklore. Concerts, dances, a summer festival and other heritage arts events are part of the Augusta experience.

Programs offered by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College are presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.