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!

Festival Applications

The following applications are available for the Festival Contests & Shows:

Banjo Contest

Car Show

Cheerleading Competition

Fiddle Contest

Flat-pick Guitar Contest

Knox Idol

Motorcycle Show 

Quilt Show

We Never Run Alone 5K


For vendor applications, please go to our Festival Applications page.

Buy Tickets Now!

Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers will be performing on Saturday, August 9. A limited amount of reserved seating has been set aside for this concert. Purchase Tickets Now!