Entry to all competitions is either at the Festival Office on Friday evening or 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.