2007 Merlefest Mandolin Contest
By Mandolin Cafe
January 15, 2007 - 10:45 am
Wilkesboro, N.C. — MerleFest presents the eleventh annual Merlefest Mandolin Contest from 3:00 until 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2007 at The Alumni Hall Lounge on the Wilkes Community College campus. Registration takes place in the Alumni Hall lobby between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. on Thursday.
The contest is open to the first 20 registrants plus the 2nd & 3rd place contestants from the prior year, except advertised or paid performers at Merle Fest and former champions of the MerleFest Mandolin Contest. Contestants and accompanists must be paid festival ticket holders.
The Grand Prize includes $300, a Gibson F5G Mandolin, awarded by Gibson USA, and a performance on the Cabin Stage. Second-place prize includes $200 and a Gibson F-9 Mandolin; third prize - $50 and a Calton Mandolin Case, courtesy of Lonesome Pine Studio from Deep Gap, North Carolina. Both mandolins carry a lifetime warranty. D'Addario Strings sponsors the cash prizes. Previous champions include the acclaimed Johnny Staats and Ashby Frank.
Ticket for MerleFest 2007, the Americana Music Celebration Presented by Lowe's, are on sale now at merlefest.org and, if purchasing assigned seats at the Watson Stage, you can pick seat location on line.
Tickets can also be purchased by calling 1-800-343-7857 or 336-838-6267 (non-US) weekdays. Tickets may also be ordered by fax (336-838-6263) and mail to MerleFest; P.O. Box 120; Wilkesboro, NC 28697.
MerleFest mandolin contest page