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 5, 2020 – Media Credential Applications 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
For the latest Media Releases, please visit our MerleFest Facebook Notes. Official 2020 MerleFest PSAs will be uploaded around mid-February.
Please visit our MerleFest Flickr account!
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.