All Festival participants have the option to compete within their Performance Bracket and Division. The festival routine is the same for competitors and non-competitors, as they are mixed in Performance Groups.
Opting in or out of the competition takes place during registration, but competitor status can be updated through email or phone communication if needed.
There are two types of awards given as part of the competition:
Note: Superior rank pins are an individual honor and are awarded to both competitors and non-competitors. Recommendation to the Honors Concert is also an honor given to any festival participant, regardless of competitor status.