2016 - A Musician from Boulder, CO who was one of last year’s plaque winners placed first in this competition. Jordan Ramsey has entered this contest for the last six years and has always made the cut to five. But as they say, the seventh time was the charm and what a charm it was. Jordan attends other festivals such as Rocky Grass and Merlefest but says this Festival is his favorite time of the year. He has been playing the mandolin for the past 15 years and practicing it is one of his hobbies. Others include golf and good food. He takes home $275, the 1st Place Trophy and an Ellis F5 Special Mandolin by Ellis Mandolins of Austin, TX.