The Scopes Bluegrass Competition, now in its third year, offers bluegrass musicians from an opportunity to showcase their talents and win cash prizes in a comfortable setting on the Rhea County Courthouse lawn.


Competition begins at 11 a.m. Saturday and continues “until.”


The competition is free to the public, and we encourage guests to bring lawn chairs or blankets, as only limited bench seating is available.

Apply to perform in the Bluegrass Competition here.


Competition rules:


*Competition is open to all amateur bluegrass bands playing traditional and contemporary bluegrass. Bands must consist of at least 3 members, and no band member may compete with more than one band.

*Individuals may have 2 accompanists.

*Bands will be provided with a time slot for performance in the competition

*Bands or individuals will be contacted with information closer to time of performance

*Acoustic instruments only. No Power Provided.

*Judging will be scored on musicality, crowd appeal, vocal performance and instrumental performance. The decision of the judges is final.


Prize money

Band                                       Guitar, Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro and Dulcimer

1st Place: $1000                      1st Place, $150

2nd Place: $600                      2nd Place: $100

3rd Place: $300                       3rd Place: $75

A children’s division has been added this year for 4- to 7-year-olds and 8- to 12-year-olds. They will have 2-3 minutes to perform. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies will be given for both categories.