KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest

The 17th annual KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest will be held at Silver Dollar City on Saturday, May 26, 2018.

Come to the Opera House and watch up-and-coming Bluegrass bands from across the country compete to win a $1,500 top prize.

Bands who are interested in entering the contest can find the official rules and entry forms attached to this page. The deadline to enter is March 16, 2018.


Congratulations to our 2017 winners!

1st Place: The Sowell Family Pickers
Hempstead, TX

2nd Place: Resonating Grace
Greenbrier, AR

3rd Place: Southern Strings
Branson, MO

4th Place: The Ross Family
Piedmont, MO

5th Place: Rusty Nail Crossing
Michigan City, IN


"Their encouragement and support of young bluegrass musicians is particularly impressive, with the annual Youth in Bluegrass band contest held in conjunction with KSMU-FM. Well done, Silver Dollar City!"

 - Nancy Cardwell, IBMA Executive Director 2012-14

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