To enhance Ballyhoo’s cultural exchange, we are adding an early Americana flare to the festival. Anyone is free to enter!
2022 APPLICATIONS WILL OPEN IN SEPTEMBER 2021
$1500 IN CASH PRIZES
FIDDLE: YOUTH UNDER 12 BANJO: YOUTH UNDER 12
$75.00 first place $75.00 first place
$50.00 second place $50.00 second place
$25.00 third place $25.00 third place
FIDDLE: ADULT OVER 12 BANJO: ADULT OVER 12
$300.00 first place $300.00 first place
$200.00 second place $200.00 second place
$100.00 third place $100.00 third place
RULES FOR BALLYHOO FIDDLE/BANJO COMPETITION
Fiddlers under 12:
Fast song and a waltz. The waltz needs to be something with ¾ timing. The fast song should be a breakdown, rag or polka.
Tunes not allowed are show tunes such as Orange Blossom Special, Listen to the Mockingbird or Black Mt. Rag. No electric instruments allowed.
Contestants in fiddle and banjo can have up to 3 backups. Example: 2 guitars and a bass, or 3 guitars, or guitar, mandolin and bass, etc.
Fiddlers over 12:
Three songs: a waltz, a breakdown and tune of choice, which is a rag, polka or another breakdown.
Banjo under 12:
Two tunes of their choice.
Banjo over 12:
Three tunes of their choice.
Contestants in categories will be judged on:
Rhythm and timing – 20 points
Authenticity – 20 points
Creativity – 20 points,
Tone – 20 points
Overall execution – 20 points