Down From the Hills Heritage Music and State Fiddling Festival is set May 14 & 15 in New Albany at the Union County Fairgrounds. This is the eighth year for the music festival and the second for the state bluegrass championships. More than $6,000 will be awarded to top musicians. A recent legislative resolution has santioned the state competition to be in New Albany for the next five years.
Battle of the Bluegrass Bands will take place Friday night with the state trophy and top cash prize of $1,000 being awarded to the first place winner. Second and third place cash prizes will also be awarded for a total of $1,500 given for the band competition and $5,000 will be given on Saturday for the individual competitions. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and competiton begins at 7.
State championships in fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo and dobro will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday. For more information call 662-534-1916 or 662-538-0014 or go to www.mississippifiddlers.com for more information, rules of the competition. Mississippi Arts Commission, BNA Bank, City of New Albany, Union County Board of Supervisors, Union County Fair Association, Mississippi Extension Service, UNITE, Sims Metal Management, Union County Heritage Museum sponsor this event.