Banjo Contest

Entering & Judging Criteria:
We are looking for the best of the best! All levels of pickers are welcome to enter the contest but we are looking for the very best so please keep this in mind. We will have a sign up sheet at the Hillgrass Bluebilly stage inside the warehouse. We only have 10 available slots so it is first come first served!

Each contestant will get 60 seconds to show the audience what they got! After all contestants are finished the audience will vote by their applause, hoots, & hollers and the top 3 contestants will be determined by our judges. The top 3 contestants will each get an additional 60 seconds to impress the crowd and there will be one last audience vote for the winner.


The Contest starts at 4:50pm on the Hillgrass Bluebilly stage!
Sign up at the festival!

There will be prizes for the overall winner as well as prizes for second & third place. Prizes include gift certificates from local businesses, product from Layrite Pomade and others, tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific and much more!


The Long Beach/Orange County Bluegrass for Beginners Meetup is a gathering of Bluegrass, Old Time, and Celtic acoustic music fans who wish to improve their musical skills with other like-minded musicians in a convivial, low pressure atmosphere.  We welcome, even encourage rank beginners as well as intermediate, even more advanced players, who just want to play music.  We have only one rule, that you do your best and not worry what others think.