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Boudleaux Bryant Festival

October 11, 2019 - October 12, 2019 at Shellman Park + Depot

The Georgia Music Foundation is proud to support the Boudleaux Bryant Festival in recognition of one of Georgia’s musical legends. On Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 & 12, the City of Shellman and the Shellman Beautification Association host the Boudleaux Bryant Festival to celebrate what would have been Boudleaux Bryant’s 100th birthday. On Friday night, Albany’s Bo Henry Band entertains on the main stage beginning at 8 p.m. at the Shellman Park + Depot. Saturday’s festivities run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., with the Backyard BBQ Cookoff, Cornhole Tournament, arts & crafts, food vendors, kids’ activities, a fiddling contest (details below) and performances by the Matt Rogers Band, Few Miles South and Back in the Saddle. GPB will be on-site to promote Ken Burns’ 16-hour documentary, Country Music, which premiered Sept. 15 and includes the story of Boudleaux and Felice.

Boudleaux Bryant fiddles in Moultrie with Gene Mills & the Twilight Playboys (circa mid-1940s)

Boudleaux Bryant Fiddling Contest Rules:

The Georgia Music Foundation will present the Boudleaux Bryant Festival Fiddling Contest on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 12 noon on the main stage at the Shellman Park + Depot. All styles of fiddling are welcome; the goal is to promote fiddlers, foster an appreciation for music education and provide a positive experience for all while celebrating the legacy of Shellman native Boudleaux Bryant.

  • Registration is free; fiddlers can register online here at or register onsite on Saturday, Oct. 12 between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
  • The contest begins at 12 noon in the order of Youth (up to 12 years old); Junior (13-17 years old); and Adult (18 and up). Names will be drawn for contestant order 15 minutes prior to contest.
  • Amateur fiddlers only; no full-time professional musicians.
  • Fiddle contestants will perform two songs at three minutes or less each.
  • Judges will consider contestants’ Timing, Tone, Execution, Skill and Overall Presence.
  • Fiddle contestants may be accompanied by one instrumentalist on an acoustic, stringed instrument, but only the fiddler’s performance will be judged.
  • The Judges’ decisions are final. All winners will be announced by the Judges following the Adult contest.
  • Cash prizes are:

Youth                  1st Prize: $100              2nd Prize: $50`                        3rd Prize: $25

Junior                 1st Prize: $250            2nd Prize: $125                         3rd Prize: $60

Adult                   1st Prize: $500            2nd Prize: $250                       3rd Prize: $125

For questions about the fiddling contest, email: lisa@georgiamusicfoundation.org.

Fiddling Contest Application




October 11, 2019
October 12, 2019
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