The Fiddle & Bango Contest (yes, “bango”) is held at the gazebo in Columbia State Historic Park. More than 40 musicians compete for prizes in the following categories: fiddle, banjo, vocal, guitar, mandolin, miscellaneous, and original song. The grand prize is a gold nugget, and there are cash prizes in each category. The Fiddle & Bango Contest is free to the viewing public. Bring lawn chairs, hats and sunscreen. All ages and music genres are represented in this contest, which is sponsored by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.