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 9th 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.

Download the flat-pick guitar registration form here.

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

New this year, the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival is sponsoring its first 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 videows will be posted here on the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival website! Get out your cameras and have some fun!

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