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Bluegrass musicians, sign up to win $1,000 or $250

Georgia State Bluegrass Championship coming in October


     If you’ve played Foggy Mountain Breakdown so many times you could pick it blindfolded, you may want to consider entering the 1st annual Georgia State Bluegrass Championship, the newest edition to the Georgia Marble Festival.

     The bluegrass championship will be held all day on October 6 at Lee Newton Park and will feature contests in fiddle, mandolin, banjo, flat-pickin’ guitar and bluegrass band.

     Winners of the individual categories take home $250 each. Winner of the band competition takes home $1,000.

     “We want this to be the premiere music event in the area,” said organizer Ernie McArthur. “This is our first year, but eventually we want to attract the best musicians in the state and region.”

     McArthur and other event organizers encourage musicians to sign up sooner than later, as space is limited and musicians are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

     Contests begin at 10 a.m. and go through 6 p.m. The iconic Lonesome River Band will cap of the evening with a performance at the main stage beginning at 8 p.m.

     For rules and entry forms visit You can also call the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce at 706-692-5600 for more information.

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