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 have a total of 25 slots and we will limit it to 10 entries online and leave 15 spots for sign up at the festival. This is first come first serve so don’t sleep on it!

Each contestant will get 60 seconds to show the audience what they got! This year we are allowing 1 back up musician to accompany and all music styles are welcome. 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 Contest starts at 3:45pm on the Family Stage!
Online signups now closed! You can still 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, products from local businesses, and grand prize winner will receive this custom Deering Goodtime Banjo Ukulele which is a new product for Deering!



The contest is run by the Long Beach/Orange County Bluegrass for Beginners Meetup which 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.  They welcome, even encourage rank beginners as well as intermediate, even more advanced players, who just want to play music.  They have only one rule, that you do your best and not worry what others think.