CALL FOR CONTESTANTS! - 13th Annual Utah State Instrument Championships

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 3-5, 2011

In conjunction with the annual Ogden Music Festival, the 13th annual Utah State Instrument Championships will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2011. There are nine contests, with five "Open" divisions and four "Novice" divisions

  • Flatpick Guitar (Open division only)
  • Fingerstyle Guitar
  • Bluegrass Fiddle
  • Banjo
  • Mandolin

This year the contests will be held on the main stage of the Ogden Music Festival, presented Ogden Friends of Acoustic Music (OFOAM), and will begin promptly at 5:00 PM on Friday the 3rd and 8:30 AM on both Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th. Contest details, including division order and start times are listed below but may be subject to change.

We are pleased to announce early sponsorship commitments from Walnut Valley Festival Winfield, Kansas, which also lends its national sanctioning to the event; The Acoustic Musician; NAY Leather Straps; Oliphant Fiddles and Bows; and the Intermountain Acoustic Music Association. Other sponsorships are in the works and will be announced. If you are interested in additional sponsorship opportunities, please contact: Guy Benson with IAMA at (801) 582-5856 or . (This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it also . This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it).

The combined total of contestants for each instrument contest will be limited to the first 20 paid contestants. The Novice Category has no age restriction; however this is intended for beginners to intermediate players with only a few years experience. Likewise the Open Category is open to all ages. These contests are registered with the State of Utah and are sanctioned by the Walnut Valley Association, Winfield Kansas, which hosts the National Championships in Bluegrass.

To enter please submit a non-refundable entry fee of $20.00 for the Open Division and $15.00 for the Novice Division contests. Online below or request a printable pdf form from . Make check or money order payable to: IAMA, via US Mail, postmarked no later than May 27, 2011. Registration will be available onsite at the festival but is conditional on registration pre-sales and may not be available in all divisions.

Register to compete in Utah State Instrument Championships

Mailing Address:

P.O. BOX 520521

PLEASE NOTE: Your Registration Fees for the Utah State Instrument Championships (USIC) DO NOT include admission to the OFOAM Ogden Music Festival. A Single Day pass or a 3-Day Pass for the festival can be purchased with special reduced price for registered participants in the contest. Contact Guy Benson for information and passwords. Passes to the OFOAM Ticket site can be purchased at

Please Note: All times are approximate and subject to change. Registered participants will receive notice from Utah State Instrument Championship. (USIC)


Friday, June 3rd

Fingerstyle Guitar Open: 5:00 PM (There is no Novice division in Fingerstyle)

Saturday, June 4th

Mandolin Novice: 8:30 am

Mandolin Open: Follows Novice Division

Flatpick Guitar Novice: 10:00 am

Flatpick Guitar Open: Follows Novice Division

Sunday, June 5th

Banjo Novice: 8:30 am

Banjo Open: Follows Novice Division

Bluegrass Fiddle Novice: 10:00 am

Bluegrass Fiddle Open: Follows Novice Division

If you have any questions about the contests after reviewing this material the official contact for the Utah State Instrument Championships is:

Guy Benson (801) 582-5856 or and

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