This Saturday is New Albany’s annual foray into bluegrass and fiddlin’ music as the community hosts the Down From the Hills Heritage Music and Mississippi Blue Grass Championships.
The annual festival, which started here in 2002, brings competitors in fiddle, guitar, banjo, dobro and mandolin together from around Mississippi and neighboring states. It also features bluegrass band competitions.
What started as a small event has become significant, with more than $8,000 in cash and trophies, under the tutelage of Jill Smith, director of the Union County Heritage Museum, and her volunteers.
“Now that it has grown into the state of Mississippi Bluegrass Championships,, it has widened our venue so that musicians from Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky and Louisiana come to test their bluegrass mojo with other musicians,” Smith said.
Tickets are only $5 and the competition gets underway at 10 a.m. During the lunch break, the Magnolia Drive Bluegrass band will be the guest performers. The Piece Makers Quilt Club also will hold its annual quality show at the event.
The only thing lacking over the years has been a big crowd for the event at the Union County Fairgrounds. The weather should be perfect Saturday and we encourage you to take in at least part of it.