Funniest Folk Song Contest

20th Annual Song Contest Winner -  Dan Gribbin  with "The Deadbeat: A Couple-Three Days."

Application Details

This contest is open for songwriters in all age groups. This is a songwriting contest, therefore songwriters may have someone else perform the song for them, but must be present to introduce the song. Each contestant will be allotted a 10 minute time slot to perform his/her song. Singer/Songwriters may have additional performers accompany them. The winning entry will be performed during the festival finale on Sunday afternoon.

Entry forms may be completed online by clicking on the Song Contest Application link below. Entry forms will also be available at the Festival Hospitality Room and may be turned in no later than 8 am on Sunday October 15. Contestants will be presented in order following a random drawing of all entries. Conflicting Performance schedules at other stages will be accommodated, if possible. Check the Festival schedule for time and location of contest. If you have any questions, please email them to

Please note that this is a family-friendly festival and entries should be in good taste.

Previous Winners

18th LakeCounty Folk Festival - 2015

1st Brian Darby - Senior Moment Blues 

2nd Mike Campbell - Carhartts Watch on youtube

3rd Cindy Bear How - About You? Watch on youtube

17th Lake County Folk Festival - 2014

Ist  Larry Magnum - Folked Up Suuperstar

2nd Mike Campbell  - Jimmy

3rd Brian Darby - Paleo Diet Blues

16th Lake County Folk Festival – 2013

1st Ellen Bukstel  - Is it Hot in Here, or is it me? Watch on youtube

​2nd Carolyn Dunn - Grandma Made the News Today Watch on youtube

​3rd  Dan Gribbon - Writing the Florida Folk Song

14th Lake County Folk Festival 2011

1st Larry Magnum - Older ‘m Dirt

​2nd Mike Campbell - Little Jim

​3rd Dan Gribbin - Dozen of Cousins

13th Lake County Folk Festival 2010

1st Brain Smalley -Tiki Hut Repair Man Watch on youtube

2nd tie Mindy Simmons - What’s a Mitzvah

2nd tie Larry Magnum - Saga of the Page One Hog

3rd .Laney Jones -Midnight Snack