The American Legion in La Crosse was packed with banjo enthusiasts Sunday.
The Midwest Banjo Jamboree brought out dozens of people for a weekend full of banjo music.
One of the performers says he travels up from Oklahoma every year to play at the event. He says it's important to keep the art of banjo playing alive.
And while there are some stereotypes that tend to accompany the instrument, he says listening to professional artists will quickly show you just how beautiful the instrument is.
"The thing is that's the way people envision banjos these days dueling banjos the Beverly Hillbillies that sort of thing but hat's ok anything that gets the banjo in front of the general public I'm all for if I can play dueling banjos for the public and play what I really play on this kind of banjo they're eyes are opened," said Johnny Baier, director of the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City.
Performers say there is an incredible group of banjo music fans in the La Crosse area, which has kept the jamboree alive for 48 years.