Carolina in the Fall to host North Carolina Banjo Championship

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WILKESBORO — Carolina in the Fall Music and Food Festival presented by Wilkes Communications, Inc. announced it will be hosting the 2016 North Carolina Banjo Championship.

Jens Kruger, of The Kruger Brothers and one of the top banjo players in the world, will serve as the host for the championship. “I am thrilled to host the banjo championship and I look forward to welcoming many of the nation’s top pickers as they compete to hold the annual title. Carolina in the Fall is the perfect setting for the North Carolina Banjo Championship and we look forward to many years of great banjo competition,” said Kruger.

The North Carolina Banjo Championship is sponsored by Deering Banjos, makers of the world’s finest instruments. There will be prizes for the top three spots. Details, championship rules and applications are available on the festival website ( on the NC Banjo Championship tab. Judges for the championship will be respected local and national banjo artists and instructors.

Carolina in the Fall is celebrating its second year of festivities in downtown Wilkesboro on Sept. 23 and 24. Artists scheduled to perform are the Kruger Brothers, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Steel Wheels, Symphony of the Mountains, Flatt Lonesome, The Snyder Family Band, Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line, Front Country, Slocan Ramblers, Locust Honey and many more.

Each evening of the festival, VIP ticket holders will be treated to the Carolina Jam at the Yadkin Valley Event Center at the Wilkesboro Holiday Inn Express. This once in a lifetime band jam experience is scheduled to begin each evening at 11 p.m. and conclude at 1 a.m.

Local accommodations consist of campgrounds and area hotels. The town of Wilkesboro is opening up the Sewerfest Campground for the Carolina in the Fall festival. Contact them at [email protected] to reserve a campsite or click the link on the festival website.

Included in the festival is the Carolina in the Fall Food Truck Championship. Food trucks from around the state will converge on Main Street to feed festival attendees and compete for the $500 first prize and the championship trophy. Additionally, local wineries and craft beer brewers will be on site to serve attendees some of their best beverages.

Two-day festival passes are $50 and two-day VIP passes are $90. (Round 3 pricing begins Sept. 1.) Tickets are limited and are available online at Carolina in the Fall is a production of Heart of Folk, LLC and is presented by Wilkes Communications, Inc. Visit for more information about the festival and its sponsors.

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