Virginia State Bluegrass Contest

2017 Virginia State Champions - A Cut Above from Bedford, Virginia



The Virginia state bluegrass contest has been held every year since 1957. Musicians and bands from all around Virginia have come to show their skills. Each year, a state champion is chosen for each category;

  • junior entertainer (15 and under, multi-instruments)
  • mandolin
  • guitar
  • banjo
  • stand-up bass
  • fiddle
  • Resonator Guitar
  • female vocalist
  • male vocalist
  • miscellaneous (dulcimer, auto-harp)
  • band competition

Judges are professional musicians or music icons in Virginia. 

Each individual performer plays one song. The song should be no longer than three minutes. 

Each band will perform two songs, and are judged on their individual, as well as group skill/sound. Vocal and instrumental skills are judged. 

Band can Pre-Register (and pre-pay) before August 15 to pick a time slot! First come first serve basis. 

First place individual categories win a trophy, and $50. Second and third place is awarded in each category, and receives a trophy as well.

First place band winner get's $1,000 (and agrees to play at the Jumpin' Bluegrass festival the following year!) Second place gets $500 and third place gets $250. 

Each individual can compete in three categories. Competing in the band competition will count as one of the categories. 

Any questions or forms can be sent to Josh Grigsby at Registration ends September 30th.

Click here for forms or full list of rules