Banjo music fills the air in La Crosse

La Crosse hosts the longest running banjo jamboree in the country

Banjo music filled the air in La Crosse Sunday.

The Midwest Banjo Jamboree strummed into town. The event featured group performances and soloists, some players were as young as thirteen.

This is the 50th year of the Jamboree, 42 of those years have been right here in La Crosse.

Organizers say La Crosse is the perfect place for an event like this. “A river town is always a good banjo town, and when you’re on the Mississippi River and the American Queen paddles by you say I’m right where I should be playing the banjo,” said American Banjo Museum President Johnny Baier.

The Midwest Banjo Jamboree is the oldest continuously running banjo show in the country.