Weiser Banjo Contest Rules
As was the case in previous years, rules are adapted from the 2013 Vandalia Gathering held annually in Charleston, West Virginia and sponsored by their Division of Culture and History.
JUDGES: A set of three judges with knowledge and proficiency on a range of banjo styles judge each category.
RULES AND JUDGING CRITERIA
- Contestants will be taken on first come, first served basis until the 10 slots in each category have been filled.
- Contestants may enter a second category if the maximum of ten entries has not been reached by the close of signup.
- Order of competition in each category will be determined by random drawing and posted 1 hour before the contest.
- Judges can compete in a category they are not judging.
- Contestants will have four minutes to complete two tunes. Contestants going over the allowed time will lose 10 points per 30 seconds from the total score.
- Judges’ scores will be summed to determine the four finalists.
- Scores determine 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.
- Contestants may have a maximum of two accompanists except for the banjo plus fiddle category where no accompanists are permitted. Accompaniment can be provided if requested.
- Medleys and vocals are not acceptable.
- Audience response will not be taken into account in the scoring.
- Electric instruments are not allowed. A single condenser microphone will be provided.
- In case of a broken string or major tuning problem, the contest may re-play without penalty.
- If a contestant has won a category two years in a row, they must sit out for one year before competing again in that category. However, they may enter a different category.
- Past winners of the advanced banjo contest are ineligible to compete in the intermediate contest, but they may enter the banjo+fiddle contest.