Dan Emmett, author of “Dixie”, was well known for his fiddle playing ability. It is to his legacy that the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival is dedicated. In honor of our musical icon, the Festival is again hosting the Fiddle Contest on Saturday, August 12 at the First-Knox Main Stage on the town square.

The Fiddle Contest will begin at 11:00 am with prizes for each class: Ages 11 and under, Ages 12-19, Open Class (ages 20-54, but anyone 12 & over), and Ages 55 and Over. Contest-ready players of all ages are invited to register and perform. Four to six minutes are allotted to each performer to dazzle the judges with skill and showmanship. Contestant registration will be open until the schedule is full.

 Information & Rules

There are 3 ways to register:

  1. Fill out the online form before Friday, August 11. Link to online form here!
  2. Mail-In - print out a form and mail it in before Friday, August 4Print out your form here!
  3. In-Person - there will be registration tables on the contest day from 9:30-10:45am.

For more information, contact Anthony Springer at

 The Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival would like to thank Martin Music, The Loft Violin Shop, and Robert & Shirley Himes (IMO Bessie Hines) for being our Old-Time Fiddle Contest Sponsors

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We are still working on our 2023 Applications.  If you are interested in having a booth
at the 2023 Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival, click on the link below.

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