Scopes Festival adds bluegrass competition

bluegrass competition will liven up the 29th annual Scopes Festival July 15, as bands and individual performers are invited to compete for more than $5,000 in total prizes.

“We’re excited to announce this new event and expect it to be an important part of the Scopes Festival from now on,” festival chairman Tom Davis said. “We are pleased with the response from area bands and musicians to this event and believe bluegrass lovers in the area will have a great time listening to music and enjoying other parts of the festival.”

Mr. Davis said the bluegrass competition was the idea of County Executive George Thacker, “who has worked tirelessly to make this event a success. George has been a great supporter of the festival all along, and has really stepped up to make this a truly memorable event.”

Margie Wertz and Julie Keener of Keener Marketing in Dayton have done an outstanding job preparing promotional materials and taking care of many of the logistics in preparation for the competition, he said.

Competition categories are open to bands and instrumentalists including banjo, fiddle, guitar and miscellaneous for other instruments. See competition details here.

“We believe the great bluegrass music, along with the vendors and other exhibits that are a free part of the Scopes Festival will make for a great day in Dayton,” Mr. Davis said. “Plan to come out and enjoy the fun.”