Folk Festival Parking and Schedule Changes
While the park helps the city prepare for and celebrate the Lowell Folk Festival, the Visitor Center parking lot at 304 Dutton St. will be closed Wed July 23-Mon July 28. Also check our Operating Hours page for changes to tour and exhibit schedules. More »
Banjo and Fiddle Contest Application
2008 BANJO & FIDDLE CONTESTS REGISTRATION FORM
Please print and complete this form and send to: Lowell National Historical Park, C/O Alex Demas, 400 Foot of John Street, Lowell, MA 01852
Questions? Contact Alex via email or call Alex (M-F) at 978-970-5028
Name, Address and Phone Number, e-mail:
Competition Instrument/Style Category (circle):
Banjo & Fiddle (Any Style)
Banjo - Other Styles (Tenor, Plectrum, Classical, Banjo-Mandolin, etc.)
1. No contact microphones or electrified instruments
2. Vocals not required or counted in judging
3. No medleys
4. Acoustic accompaniment allowed *Except Twin FIddle and Banjo & Fiddle*
5. Competition instruments must clearly lead
6. Contestants wishing to enter more than one category may enter one single and one double category only
7. Time limit - Approx. 3 minutes
8. Competition tune will be judged on the following: Rhythn and Timing, Clarity and Tone, Originality (arrangement, variations), Tune Difficulty, and Overall Proficiency
9. We will provide accompaniment if desired (Peter Barnes, paino, guitar)
10. Cash Prizes, each category: 1st - $100, 2nd - $50, 3rd - $25, Honorable Mention - $10
11. Cash, trophies and rosettes will be awarded in all categories
12. Decisions of the judges are final
13. Everyone involved will be required to have a wonderful time and lots of fun!
All events are FREE! Contestants receive Free event T-Shirts
Registration starts at 11:00 a.m.; Pre-registrated Check-in deadline is 1:00 p.m.
Did You Know?
The Boyden Observatory of Bloemfontein, South Africa owes its existence to Uriah Boyden who left over $200,000 at his death in 1879. Mr. Boyden, an inventor, patented an outward flow turbine. He sold it to the Appleton Mills in Lowell, MA where he worked, home of Lowell National Historical Park.