August 20-21, 2021
The Brewer’s Kettle
308 E. Mountain Street, Kernersville NC 27284

Congratulations to 2021 NC State Mandolin Champion ELIJAH MOORE
Congratulations to 2021 NC State Banjo Champion ALEX EDWARDS
Congratulations to 2021 NC State Guitar Champion JACKSON KYSER GEORGE
See photos from the Championships in our Gallery.



NC State Mandolin Championship – Friday, August 20 – 6:00p to 9:30p
NC State Banjo Championship – Saturday, August 21 – 2:00p to 5:30p
NC State Guitar Championship – Saturday, August 21 – 6:00p to 9:30p

Each contest is limited to the first 10 North Carolina residents who register.
Contest registration fee is $15 in advance; $20 at the door (if space available).

Register for the BANJO Championship here
Register for the MANDOLIN Championship here
Register for the GUITAR Championship here

How many contest spots still available?  Mandolin – 6  Banjo – 4  Guitar – 3
*Note that remaining spot counter is not automatic but is updated manually from time to time.
We are keeping a waitlist – if your category is full, please e-mail us to be placed on the list.


1st Place$500, 2021 NC State Champion Title, Commemorative Plaque, and paid entry
to attend the 2021 Walnut Valley Festival and compete in the 2021 National Championship

2nd Place$250 & Commemorative Plaque

3rd Place$100 & Commemorative Plaque

4th Place:  Commemorative Plaque

5th Place:  Commemorative Plaque

Download the CONTEST RULES here.
Contest terms subject to change at any time prior to commencement of contest.

Download a copy of the NC STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS FLYER here.

Note:  Any contestant who places in multiple contests and wins $600 or more (in total) must complete an IRS Form W9 before payment can be made.  Contestants who win $600 or more receive IRS Form 1099 for their winnings.

All contestants must show valid proof of North Carolina residency and comply with all contest rules.
All contest judge and administrator decisions are final and binding.

You can download the NC State Championships press release here.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  Our Host Hotel  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The Hampton Inn Kernersville has invited us to fill the hotel with music and jamming!  The hotel is conveniently located at 150 Clayton Forest Drive in Kernersville.  Enjoy the Championships then go back to the hotel and jam!  The upper floors will be quiet floors for light sleepers, so let the front desk know your preferences at check-in.

DISCOUNTED ROOM RATES for the Championships are available now at this link.  Must book by August 6!  Our discounted rate is $109/night (includes breakfast).  The Foundation has partnered with the Hampton Inn to make this weekend possible, and rooms booked through our links are the only ones that count toward our quota.  Please book by August 6! 

You can book by phone – call (336) 497-0724 – Extension Zero – and ask for the BLUEGRASS rate.


The 2021 NC State Mandolin, Guitar, and Banjo Championships have been
made possible by the generous support of our sponsors.

Celestial Wellness
Elizabeth & Russell Greeson


Contestants (and parents and guardians of contestants), please click to review the Photo and Video Release terms.  Participation in any Championship contest constitutes consent to these terms.

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