Banjo/Guitar Contest

Banjo & Flat-Pick Guitar Contests

Banjo Contest

The Banjo and Flat-Pick Guitar Contests will be held this year on Saturday, August 15th on the First-Knox South Stage.  The banjo contest will have two age categories: 17 and under, and 18 and older.  Old-time, bluegrass, and Dixieland styles will be accepted.  The flat-pick guitar contest will have three age categories: 12 and under, 13-19, and 20 and over.  These contests are open to all non-professional players.

Download the banjo registration form here (coming soon!).

Download the flat-pick guitar registration form here (coming soon!).

Festival Sponsors

The Festival is sponsored, in part, by:

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First Knox National Bank

Time Warner Cable

Our Festival Media Sponsors are:



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Mount Vernon News


Friends of the Festival

The Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival is the premier event of the year in Downtown Mount Vernon. Your help is needed to help perpetuate the Festival. Please consider becoming a Friend of the Festival!

Dan Emmett Festival Video Contest

The Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival is sponsoring its second annual Video Contest! The goal for this contest is for participants to create and submit videos that promote the Festival in a positive way, showcasing any or all of the variety of experiences the Festival has to offer. The top 5 videos will be posted here on the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival website! Get out your cameras and have some fun!

Buy Tickets Now!

Crystal Gayle will perform on Saturday, August 15 at 9:30 p.m., opened by T. G. Sheppard at 6:30 p.m. A limited amount of reserved seating has been set aside for both concerts. Purchase Tickets Now!

Request an Application

We are still working on our 2015 Vendor Application.  If you are interested in having a booth at the 2015 Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival, click on the link below to be added to our mailing list, and we will send you the appropriate application as soon as they are available!

Request a Vendor Application

2014 Video Contest Winners

Congratulations to our 2014 Video Contest Winners!

Best Professional - Exit Eleven Media

Best Organization/Business - Creative Foundations

Best Amateur - Lacey Blubaugh

View them in our Video Gallery!

Festival Results