Rockygrass Instrument Contests

Rockygrass Instrument Contests

Rockygrass Instrument Contests

Rockygrass Instrument Contests

The RockyGrass Music Competitions are traditional bluegrass competitions that began at the 1st Annual Rocky Mountain Bluegrass Festival in 1973. Instrumentalists compete on flatpick guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro, and fiddle to receive cash prizes.

The preliminary round is held in the Wildflower Pavilion on Friday and the final rounds are held on the RockyGrass main stage on Saturday morning for all to enjoy — with many of the finalists’ performances broadcast live on KGNU Boulder-Denver.

2021 Winners

This year’s instrument contest showcased another dazzling display of virtuosity in the Wildflower Pavilion and the finals on the main stage. Congrats to all the 2021 finalists:

  • 1st place: Ricky Mier (San Rafael, CA)
  • 2nd place: Liam Purcell (Boone, NC)
  • 3rd place: Colton Kerchner (Boone, NC)
Flatpick Guitar
  • 1st place: Greg Schochet (Boulder, CO)
  • 2nd place: Eli Slocumb (Fort Collins, CO)
  • 3rd place: Charlie Stevens (Fort Collins, CO)
  • 1st place: Eli Slocumb (Fort Collins, CO)
  • 2nd place: Liam Purcell (Boone, NC)
  • 3rd place: Jean-Baptiste Cardineau (Boulder, CO)
  • 1st place: Sam Stage (Raleigh, NC)
  • 2nd place: Jackson Earles (Boulder, CO)
  • 3rd place: Liam Purcell (Boone, NC)
  • Due to last-minute cancellations, we were not able to hold the Dobro contest

Registering for the Contest

Registration is now open online.

  • The entry fee is $15 per contest.
  • Since the contests are held inside the festival grounds, all contestants must have either a 3-day pass or single-day tickets for Friday (the preliminary round) and Saturday (finals on the main stage)


1st Place:


2nd Place:


3rd Place:



The preliminary round is held on Friday, July 29 in the Wildflower Pavilion (inside the Festival grounds). The 3 top contestants on each instrument will advance to the contest finals on the Festival main stage on Saturday, July 30. Here are the schedules for each instrument:

  • Banjo
    • Prelims: Friday, 11:30am, Wildflower
    • Finals: Saturday, 10:30am, Main Stage
  • Flatpick Guitar
    • Prelims: Friday, 1:00pm, Wildflower
    • Finals: Saturday, 10:15am, Main Stage
  • Mandolin
    • Prelims: Friday, 2:30pm, Wildflower
    • Finals: Saturday, 10:00am, Main Stage
  • Fiddle
    • Prelims: Friday, 4:00pm, Wildflower
    • Finals: Saturday, 9:45am, Main Stage
  • Dobro
    • Prelims: Friday, 5:30pm, Wildflower
    • Finals: Saturday, 9:30am, Main Stage

Rules & Guidelines