Pickers’ Alert: MerleFest Holds Three Contests

MerleFest 2002 will include three major instrumental competitions. The Doc Watson Guitar Championship, for acoustic, flatpick guitarists, is set for 3 p.m. ET on April 26; the Merle Watson Bluegrass Banjo Championship gets underway at 10 a.m. ET on April 26; and the MerleFest Mandolin Contest goes off at 3 p.m. ET on April 25. MerleFest is set for April 25-28 on the campus of Wilkes Community College campus in Wilkesboro, N.C. Call 800-343-7857 or go to merlefest.org for more information. 01/08/02