Morehead Old-Time Music Festival

The now defunct Morehead Old-Time Music Festival started under the name "The Morehead Old Time Fiddler’s Convention" in 2006 as a way to encourage emerging musicians around the region and to create an avenue through which the Kentucky traditional repertoire could be celebrated and brought forward to the next generation and the next. A variety of local music enthusiasts were enlisted, and the annual event gained steam in partnership with the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music, housed at Morehead State University.

Each summer, at the end of July, the Morehead Old Time Music Festival would celebrate Art Stamper Day and offer over $3000 in cash prizes for contests in youth fiddle, youth banjo, adult fiddle, banjo, dulcimer, singing, dancing, and best string band. In addition to these competitions, the two-day Morehead Festival offered performances, workshops, nightly square dances, and camping, all in the the heart of the Daniel Boone National Forest. The Morehead Old-Time Music Festival held it’s last festival in 2016 after a successful 11 year run.

Through the Years…