2018 UTAH STATE INSTRUMENT CHAMPIONS ANNOUNCED

The Inter-Mountain Acoustic Music Association (IAMA) and the Ogden Friends of Acoustic Music (OFOAM) joined together to present the 11th Annual Ogden Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival. The festival was held June 1st through June 3rd at Fort Buenaventura, Utah.

The festival featured the Utah State Instrument Championships, sponsored by IAMA, with competitions in both open and novice divisions in Mandolin, Fiddle, Banjo and Flat Pick Guitar. The open competitions also featured Finger Style Guitar.

Winners of the 2018 Utah State Instrument Championships Open (open to all competitors) Divisions are:

Utah State Mandolin Championship 1st Place: Forest Slater, Salt Lake City, Utah 2nd Place: Christian Hearn, Ogden, Utah 3rd Place: Steve Santora, Salt Lake City Utah

Utah State Old Time Fiddle Championship 1st Place: Megan Nay, Murray, UT 2nd Place: Juliette Bacon, Murray, Utah 3rd Place: Skyler Beck, Pleasant Grove, Utah

Utah State Banjo Championship 1st Place: Jordan Snow, Smithfield, Utah 2nd Place: Brian Gunderson, Herriman, Utah 3rd Place: Ayden Anderson, Cottonwood Heights, Utah

Utah State Flat Pick Guitar Championship 1st Place: Michael Furry, Littleton, Colorado 2nd Place: Jonah Schupback, Coalville, Utah 3rd Place: Joy Williams, Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Utah State Finger Style Guitar Championship 1st Place: Joao Fadel, Ogden, Utah 2nd Place: Michael Furry, Littleton, Colorado 3rd Place: Nick Johnson, Pleasant Grove, Utah

Winners of the Utah State Championships Open Divisions are invited to represent Utah at the National Mandolin Championship, the Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship, the National Bluegrass Banjo Championship, the National Flat Pick Guitar Championship and the International Finger Style Guitar Championship, all are hosted by the Walnut Valley Festival September 12th through 16th, 2018 in Winfield, Kansas.