Third Annual Weiser Banjo Contest


At the Old Intermountain Institute, home of the National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest

Saturday, June 20
2-5:00 pm, bluegrass style and banjo jokes

6:00-9:00 pm, open style and banjo accessories contest

Sunday, June 21
2:00-5:00 pm, old time style and tall tales
6-9pm , banjo plus fiddle style and hog calling

Last year’s Banjo Contest at Weiser was another big success so we’re going to continue! The location will be the same – the beautiful lawn under the trees at Beardsley Hall. An indoor venue will be used if weather is inclement. We appreciate the generosity of Mike McEvoy , who owns the contest lawn and graciously allows us to use it again.

As was the case last year, preliminary contestants will be limited to the first ten to sign up. Competitors can register from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm on June 20 and 21 at the Slocum Hall information center. The top four in each category will compete in the finals. This year preliminaries and finals will be held in the same session. Different teams of expert judges will be used for each banjo category.

As was the case last year, there will be no entry fees for the 2015 contest. However, we do encourage donations to cover prizes and other direct expenses associated with the Banjo Contest so we can make the banjo contest an enduring Weiser tradition.

In addition to the Banjo Contest, this year we will have four novelty contests which will use the audience to determine the winners: banjo jokes, banjo accessories, tall tales and hog calling.

Our intent is to keep the Banjo Contest “down home” and fun, not about cash prizes and cutthroat competition. We get many compliments about keeping things that way. And so, prizes in each banjo category will continue to be large, medium or small pies and simple trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Winners also will be offered a spot on a banjo extravaganza on the bluegrass stage downtown. The first place fiddle plus banjo winners will have an opportunity to play on the main fiddle contest stage. The first place winner in each novelty category also will receive a prize (to be determined).

Questions? Contact Gary Eller at or Sandy Cooper at .