MECHANIC FALLS  — The Maine Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s third annual Student Guitar Competition is open to Maine high school students in grades 9 through 12.

Contestants are required to submit a video of their performance by Friday, March 1, to be judged by members of the hall’s executive board. The grand prize is a Martin guitar, donated by Northern Kingdom Music in Bangor.

Maddie Yates was the 2023 winner of the Student Guitar Competition. Submitted photo

The prize will be presented to the winner at the 47th annual induction ceremony, scheduled for Sunday, May 19, at the Silver Spur, 272 Lewiston St. in Mechanic Falls. New inductees will be honored, and a concert showcasing Hall of Fame inductees and living legends will be followed by a performance by the winner of the guitar contest.

Last year’s winner was Maddie Yates of Greely High School in Cumberland.

Each contestant will select and perform three country music pieces on guitar and will be judged on their level of skill, ability to play in different keys, and expression of phrasing. Video entries should be submitted on a thumb drive or DVD.

To receive a complete copy of the competition rules and official entry form, email or call 207-613-5411.

For more information, follow The Maine Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Facebook or call 207-613-5411.


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