Entry to all competitions is at the Festival Office on Friday evening and early Saturday morning, and then on the doors of the relevant halls.

There are competition classes for the following:
Accordion; fiddle (including children’s class); traditional singing; Border Ballads; traditional instrument pairs (including children’s class); miscellaneous instrument (including children’s class); poetry (including children’s class); original composition (song and tune) (including children’s class); country dance bands and ceilidh bands (including children’s class); and storytelling.