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2018 Contests

Competition slots are limited so CLICK HERE to Pre-register

Individual and Band Information

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Competition Information:

Competition Rules and Judging Issues


  1. In order to encourage and perpetuate traditional music, judging will be based on the following:
    1. Execution – timing, clarity, tuning, tone quality, smoothness of starting and stopping, and level of ability.
    2. Authenticity and Presentation – style, balance, sense of melody, arrangement, and overall expression/soul.
  2. Only acoustic instruments are allowed.
  3. Scoring will not be based on age, gender, race, appearance, place of residence, or any other non-musical factor.
  4. The minimum age for all individual competitions is six years of age. There is no Youth Division. Any child under six years of age should contact the Youth Tent Manager.
  5. Accidents or disturbances beyond the control of the contestant (such as a broken string/noise) may result in a replay, if the judges so merit.
  6. Folk singers will be judged based on feeling, intonation, voice, and appropriateness of the song. Folk Songs must be in the public domain or be an original composition (no copy written songs). Singers will sing one song for no more than three minutes. One rhythm accompanying instrument is allowed, played either by the singer or a supporter.
  7. Individual category contestants will be allowed one accompanist of a different instrument. Accompanists may play with more than one individual contestant.
  8. Old-Time Bands must consist of at least a banjo, a fiddle, and one rhythm instrument with no more than 7 members. Bands must play heritage tunes characteristic of the old time tradition and style. Only one vocal number is permitted, but is not required.
  9. Bluegrass Bands must consist of three different instruments with no more than 7 members.
  10. Judges will determine if a non-traditional instrument qualifies for its category.
  11. Individual contestants will play either one or two tunes during the day preliminaries (depending on the number of entries). Bands and Twin Fiddles will play two tunes. Competitors may re-tune between songs if two songs are requested.
  12. No medleys will be allowed.
  13. All songs must be limited to 3 minutes. Judges will penalize for going over allotted time.
  14. In Old Time Fiddle competition, trick tunes, such as Listen to the Mockingbird will not be permitted.
  15. Twin Fiddles competition does not allow an accompanist.
  16. The same band members who competed in the preliminaries must perform in the finals.
  17. Competitors who place first in a particular category three consecutive years will no longer be eligible to compete in that category. These winners will be recognized as Master Musicians and may be asked to be a featured performer at future festivals.
  18. All judging is final and cannot be contested. Judging sheets will not be available to contestants.

  19. Deviations from the rules will result in disqualification.

Competition Categories/Maximum Enrollment

2018 Flatfoot Dance Rules and Judging Issues

There are separate judges for Flatfoot dance. Mountain Flatfoot Dance competitions will be approximately 30-45 seconds with a live band providing music. Dance judges favor traditional performance over technical performance. Mountain flatfoot dance will be judged on difficulty and variety of steps, natural and comfortable dance presentation, timing, and presentation of smooth old time style. This event should consist of authentic old-time dancing in the "true Flat-foot style." For example, use of the arms and upper body should be used in a way to support the natural flat-footing rhythm and motions of the feet. Extravagant gestures such as high kicks and rhythms and styles of dance reflecting Clogging, Irish, Break Dancing, Sean-Nos, etc. are subject to penalty.


Category Maximum Competitors
Mandolin 10
* Open Category 10
Folk Singing 18
Guitar 10
Old Time Banjo 15
Bluegrass Fiddle 10
Flatfoot Dance 20
Twin Fiddle 6
Bluegrass Band Unlimited
Old Time Band Unlimited
Old Time Fiddle 15
Blue Grass Banjo 10

*Open Category:  For individuals who present musical talent reflecting the rich heritage of southern Appalachian music that is not available in other competition categories. Typical areas of competition include: Harmonica, Mountain Dulcimer, Hammered Dulcimer, Dobro, Bass and Rhythm instruments.

Contestant Perks

In addition to the prize money, competitors will

1) receive a participation ribbon

Dance Judging Issues and Focus

Judges favor traditional performance over technical performance. Mountain Flatfoot dance will be judged on difficulty and variety of steps, natural and comfortable dance presentation, timing, and presentation of smooth old time style. Shoes must be worn. This event should consist of authentic old-time dancing in the “true Flat-foot style”. For example, use of the arms and upper body should be used in a way to support the natural flat-footing rhythm and motions of the feet. Extravagant gestures such as high kicks and rhythms and styles of dance reflecting Clogging, Irish, Break Dancing, Sean-Nos, etc. are subject to penalty or disqualification. No taps are allowed.

2017 Winners

Open

  1. Kathleen Burnett
  2. Christen Blanton
  3. Mary Holloway

Autoharp

  1. Michael Poole
  2. Doug Pratt
  3. Christine Olsen

Mandolin

  1. Jonah Horton
  2. William Roberts
  3. Zeb Gambill

Old Time Banjo

  1. Henry Coatney
  2. Caleb Coatney
  3. David Burns
Flatfoot Dance

  1. Dane Summers
  2. Forest Doyle
  3. Aaron Ratcliffe

Old Time Fiddle

  1. John Hoffman
  2. Anneli Burnett
  3. Christen Blanton

Guitar

  1. Vincent Bullins
  2. Austin Simonds
  3. Alex Edwards

Bluegrass Fiddle

  1. Ruth Shumway
  2. Emma John
  3. Marissa Colter
Bluegrass Banjo

  1. Alex Edwards
  2. Carter Wilson
  3. Jacob Carroll

Twin Fiddles

  1. Emma Johns/John Hofmann
  2. Anissa & Kathleen Burnett
  3. Andrew Small/Ashlee Watkins

Old Time Bands

  1. Tater Hill Mashers
  2. Suger Top Swains
  3. Zinc Kings
  4. High Ridge Pickers
  5. Bears in the Attic

Bluegrass Bands

  1. Blue Harvest
  2. Round Up
  3. Gaining Ground
  4. Carolina Crossroads
  5. Double Duty

2016 Winners

Open

  1. Danny Wicker
  2. Kathleen Burnett
  3. Emma Harwell

Autoharp

  1. Christine Olsen
  2. Art Lang
  3. Michael Poole

Mandolin

  1. Jonah Horton
  2. Caleb Coatney
  3. William Roberts

Old Time Banjo

  1. Caleb Coatney
  2. Henry Coatney
  3. Jared Boyd
Flatfoot Dance

  1. Dane Summers
  2. Cade Vissge
  3. Anneli Burnett

Old Time Fiddle

  1. Jacob Bowen
  2. Willow Dillon
  3. Cecil Gurganus

Guitar

  1. Presley Barker
  2. Danny Wicker
  3. Daniel Thrailkill

Bluegrass Fiddle

  1. Ruth Shumway
  2. Jacob Bowen
  3. Jacob Turnbill
Bluegrass Banjo

  1. Sawyer Whitman
  2. Alex Edwards
  3. David Bruce

Twin Fiddles

  1. Kathleen & Anissa Burnett
  2. Willow Dillon & Cecil Gurganus
  3. Tori Jones & Madison Elmore

Old Time Bands

  1. Strictly Strings
  2. Zephr Lighting Bolts
  3. Five Points Rounders
  4. Tater Hill Mashers
  5. High Ridge Pickers

Bluegrass Bands

  1. Trail Blazers
  2. Double Duty
  3. Forty West
  4. Appalachian Tradition
  5. Blue Moon Bluegrass

2015 Winners

Open

  1. Beth Smith
  2. Rick Ramseur
  3. Chrisin Blanton

Autoharp

  1. Doug Pratt
  2. Michael Poole
  3. Art Lang

Mandolin

  1. Eric McMurray
  2. Zack Arnold
  3. Caleb Coatney

Old Time Banjo

  1. Ben Reisser
  2. John Herrmann
  3. Willow Dillon
Flatfoot Dance

  1. Phoebe Douthwaite
  2. Linda Block
  3. Forest Doyle

Old Time Fiddle

  1. David Bass
  2. Kathleen Burnett
  3. Ruth Shumway

Guitar

  1. Presley Barker
  2. Tyler Thompson
  3. Zack Arnold

Bluegrass Fiddle

  1. Kitty Amaral
  2. Ruth Shumway
  3. Laura Smith
Bluegrass Banjo

  1. Keaton McMillan
  2. Trey Wellington
  3. Carter Wilson

Twin Fiddles

  1. Cecil Gurganus & Willow Dillon
  2. Ruth Shumway & John Hoffman
  3. Anessa Burnett & Kathleen Burnett

Old Time Bands

  1. Down South Ramblers
  2. Strictly Strings
  3. High Ridge Pickers
  4. Five Points Rounders
  5. Ready Creek Tick Pickers

Bluegrass Bands

  1. Turkey Creek
  2. Clay Bank
  3. Shadow Crass
  4. Paddle Creek
  5. Gaining Ground