1. No electric or amplified instruments will be
permitted in any
2. No drums permitted in any category.
3. Contestants performing in the individual
performer categories may perform unaccompanied or with one or two
accompanists. Accompanists must not play melody.
Contestant must not use sheet music.
4. Any category with less than four entrants may
5. Any performer winning first place in a category
two years in succession must lay out for one year before competing
again in the category in which they won first place.
6. No contestant is allowed to register after draw
for playing position has started.
7. If a contestant is not
ready to play, at the time their name is called, they will be
8. Judging will be based
on 100 points per each tune or song. Scores will be based on
Scoring will be based on execution, difficulty,
danceability/timing, tone, style, and intonation. Scores from
elimination rounds will be added to
final round scores for an overall cumulative score.
9. In the event of a
tie, a one-tune playoff will be held. Fiddlers will be required to play
a breakdown. Tie breaker scores will not be added into the cumulative
score. No tunes played in elimination or finals may be played in the
10. One false start per
performance will be allowed (a bad start, wrong beginning of tune,
starting tune other
than that intended). Allowance will also be made for string dropping
tune, or string breaking on contestant or accompanists.
11. Playing in such manner as to not be able to
recognize the melody easily will result in lost points.
12. All contestants are asked to
limit time on stage to six minutes. Judges will deduct points if
performance becomes too long and/or repetitive.
13. Contestants are asked to hold personal
comments until after the judging for their category is completed. They
may give the name of the tunes to be played.
14. Contestants who perform in the finals are not
allowed to duplicate the songs they performed in the elimination.
15. Contest organizers reserve the right to change
or modify contest rules prior to the start of the competition. A copy
of finalized rules will be available at the registration table prior to
the start of the contest.
16. Contest organizers reserve the
right to alter the time schedule, order of categories, or number of
tunes to be played as needed.
17. DECISIONS OF
THE JUDGES ARE FINAL.
1. Fiddle -
Contest is for four string fiddles only and is divided into four age groups: Junior Junior - age 10 and under; Junior - age 11-18; Adult - age 19-59; Senior - age 60 and over. Contestants will be allowed to compete only in their age appropriate category. Except in the Hot Fiddle division, trick fiddling or tunes like: "Listen to the Mocking Bird," Orange Blossom Special," or "Black Mountain Rag" are not allowed. Play should be Old-Time Style - Danceable.
* For both elimination and final rounds,
contestants will be required to play a waltz , a breakdown (reels and
hornpipes will be accepted as breakdowns; rags and
polkas are not
accepted as breakdowns) and a tune of choice. Tune of
choice may be any tune other than a breakdown or waltz. Junior Junior
Fiddlers play one waltz and one
2. Bluegrass Banjo - The
following tunes are not allowed - Foggy Mountain Breakdown, John Hardy,
Earls Breakdown and John Henry. Contestants must play two tunes of
3. Guitar - 2 categories: Flat Picking
Guitar and Thumb Picking Guitar - Only acoustic flat top
guitars will be accepted. Both categories are required to play two
tunes of a traditional nature. Thumb-pick required in Thumb Picking
category and contestant must play traditional thumb-style songs of
4. Mandolin - Only acoustic
mandolins allowed. Rules otherwise same as guitar.
5. Harmonica - Only ten hole,
single reed harmonicas allowed. No chromatics. Must play tunes of the
traditional nature. Contestants must play two tunes of their choice.
6. Bluegrass Band - Tune
restrictions same as Bluegrass Banjo. Must have no less than three band
members and not more than six members. Bands may do vocals,
but not required.
No band member is allowed to perform in more than one band except for
bass player. Bands will play two tunes of their choice during both
elimination and final rounds of competition. If
a known tune, it must be accepted as authentic bluegrass; however,
original material is also allowed.
7. Old Time Singing -
Contestants are encouraged to pick songs which were written before
1950. Contestants are to perform two songs during elimination and final
rounds of competition.
8. Hot Fiddle - Fiddlers are
allowed to play any tune of their choice and will be judged by the
9. Dobro - Only square neck
resphonic guitars allowed. Contestant must play two tunes of the
traditional nature and may be unaccompanied or have one or two
10. Clogging - Free-style
clogging. Contestants will dance one time in both eliminations and
finals. Taps will be permitted, but not required. Time limit is 30
11. Best Rhythm Person - Judges
will watch performances of all back up performers in all categories
during the contest and the winner will be announced at the close of the