Bluegrass competition

The sounds of fiddling, guitars and banjos will fill the air this Saturday as the community hosts the annual Down From the Hills Mississippi Bluegrass Championships.

The annual festival, which started here more than a decade ago, 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 under the direction of Jill Smith, director of the Union County Heritage Museum, and her volunteers.

Smith said the event provides a venue for both children and adults to play folk and bluegrass music as well as hear some of the top musicians in the region.

Tickets are only $5 and the competition will get underway at 10 a.m.

At noon, the bluegrass band, “Breaking Glass,” will perform followed by a performance by the Oxford-based band, “The Cakewalkers.”

A workshop on playing the dobro will be offered at 10 a.m. followed by a workshop on banjo.

Food will be available on site at the Union County Fairgrounds and folk art will be on sale

This has become a significant event in our community, but has not attracted as large a crowd as we would expect for such talented musicians.

We encourage you to stop at the fairgrounds Saturday and take in some of the music. This event deserves our support.