Mark your calendars for the 2014 State of Mississippi Bluegrass Championships, Down from the Hills Bluegrass Festival on May 17, 2014, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Union County Fairgrounds in New Albany, Mississippi. More than $8,000.00 will be given in youth and adult categories of fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, dobro, and bluegrass band.
In March, 2010, the State of Mississippi passed a resolution for thestate to host the Mississippi Bluegrass Instrumental Championship that includes a fiddling championship. The resolution named New Albany ad the town and to host the event during Down From The Hills Heritage Music Festival. Prior to this, the fiddle contest was held during the Dixie National Rodeo.
This year's championships feature a $750 first place prize for fiddling. The band competition will feature a $1,500 price for the best bluegrass or old time style performance. There will also be mandolin, dobro, guitar, and banjo competitions. In addition to the championships, a quilt show, shade trees, arts and crafts vendors and the best bluegrass musicians in the state come together on Saturday, May 17 in the heart of the Mississippi hills.
Skeet Thomas and Friends are shown the the stage of the Down From The Hills Heritage Music Festival. Go to www.mississippifiddlers.com for more information. Y’all Come! RV camp site available.