Silver Dollar City and KSMU host annual Bluegrass contest
The 4th annual KSMU/Silver Dollar City "Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest" was held over the Memorial Day weekend at the Branson theme park. Mike Smith, 23 year host of the Bluegrass program Seldom Heard Music, served as MC for the event and has this report for KSMU News:
A total of 12 bands from across the nation competed in the 4th annual KSMU/Silver Dollar City Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest held at SDC's Riverfront Playhouse May 28th and 29th. The contest is open to Bluegrass musicians 21 years of age and younger. If a mother or father of a contestant is also a member of the group, the parent or parents will be allowed to participate.
Silver Dollar City Talent coordinator D.A. Callaway says the contest serves to promote and encourage the young pickers and serves as a confidence booster for future performances in front of strangers.
After two days of competition in front of two sets of judges who based their decisions on each bands musical ability, showmanship, and audience appeal, first place and a check for $1,000 was awarded to the Triple L Band from Portales New Mexico. The Link Family from Lebanon Missouri took 2nd place and $500. 3rd place and $250 went to Out of the Blue, from Mt. View and Morrilton Arkansas.