Upcoming Events

October 1, 2019 – Volunteer Applications Opens

October 1, 2019 – Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Opens

October 1-November 30, 2019 – Early Bird Entry period for Chris Austin Songwriting Contest ($25/song)

November 12, 2019 at noon – Tickets on sale!

January 13, 2020 – Media Credential Application online

February 1, 2020 – Chris Austin Songwriting Contest deadline

February 17, 2020 – Early Bird Tier 2 pricing begins

March 16, 2020– Media Credential Application deadline

April 23-26, 2020 – MerleFest 2020

Media Contact:


Maria Ivey,
Sarah Bennett,

Media Credential Application

MerleFest History

Media Releases & PSAs

For the latest Media Releases, please visit our MerleFest Facebook Notes.

Download our MerleFest 2020 PSAs below! There are 15-second & 30-second high-quality audio recordings for your stations to play!

15-second PSA
30-second PSA

Media Images

Please visit our MerleFest Flickr account!

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Who is Flattop?

The big friendly raccoon you will see at MerleFest is our mascot, Flattop. Why a raccoon? Merle Watson’s band, Frosty Morn, used a raccoon as its logo, based on his suggestion. A naming contest gave Flattop his name–a truly fitting one because of Merle and Doc’s mastery of the flattop guitar.