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Byron Berline Youth Instrument Championships - click here for more info

$1,800 Total prize money for the six Youth Instrument Championship contests: Guitar, Mandolin, Resonator Guitar, Fiddle, Banjo, and Upright Bass

On Saturday afternoon of the festival, the Byron Berline Youth Instrument Championship Contests are held for all Six of the Traditional Bluegrass Instruments in the Youth Tent. The young contestants are judged on their technical mastery of the Bluegrass instruments. Registration for the Instrument Championships is between 9:00 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. on the Saturday morning in the Youth Tent. The competition begins at 1:00 p.m. The performance level and enthusiasm of these youth musicians is impressive.


Byron Berline Awarding Youth Instrument Championship Prize Money
Byron Berline Awarding Youth Instrument Championship Prize Money


2013 Preston and Aaron Mayes, contestants in the OIBF Youth Instrument Competions

photos by Jill Heck


Youth Band Competition: click here for more info

Winners Take Home a Trophy And Get To Play On the Main Stage Saturday Evening!

On Saturday morning of the festival, a youth band competition is held in the Youth Tent. The youngsters are judged on their Bluegrass performance. The winners take home a trophy and get an opportunity to perform on the main stage prior to the Saturday evening performances. Registration for the Youth Band Competition is between 9:00a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on the Saturday morning at the Youth Tent. The competition begins at 10:00 a.m. The audience is always well-entertained by the future stars of bluegrass music! Please plan on attending and supporting this competition.



2013 Youth Band Competition winner receiving her trophy from Competitions Chairman Ron Mashore. Her band, The Littlejohns, got to play on the Stage Saturday afternoon!



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