Chester Shade Historical Association
The Oldest Standing Courthouse In The Northwest Territory
Preserving the Past ~ Paving the Future
We're open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM our Phone # 740-985-9822
Harmonica Championship


July 2021
Chester Shade Historical Association’s sponsors the Harmonica Championship to raise awareness about the harmonica to preserve it and educate future generations.  This age old instrument has been carried in the pockets of children and adults as their companion during wars and peace.

Attend the best harmonica concert and championship anywhere held in Ohio’s Oldest Courthouse. The Ohio State Harmonica Championship keeps drawing bigger and better fields. You won’t want to miss this knee slappin’ good time.

Our contestants travel from across the state, Pa., and W. Va. This is the only state contest in this tri-state area. 1st place $300; 2nd place $150; 3rd place $75. The contest takes place at the Chester Court House at 3 PM.

Contestants should report 30 minutes before the contest to draw for contest placement at the Chester Court House on State Route 248 in Chester, OH. For more harmonica information or the days activities check the website or email or 740-985-9822.
2017 Harmonica Contest

Bruce Spratling, First Place  2017 Harmonica Contestants and Winners  2017
2016 Harmonica Contest

Previous Harmonica Contest Winners

From Columbus:
US 33 South to Athens
US 50 East to Coolville
Ohio 7 South to ST RT 248 in Chester, OH at the Chester Court House

From Marietta / Parkersburg, WV:
US 50
Ohio 7 South to Chester Court House ST RT 248 in Chester, OH

From Gallipolis / Huntington, WV:
Ohio Rt 7 all the way to Chester Court House ST RT 248 in Chester, OH
Each year different judges are chosen, this prevents any suspicions if the same person wins the contest for two or three years. If the person wins the Harmonica Championship three years in succession, they are asked to come back as a judge the following year.
Pre-register now using the form below:
Chester Academy
46454 SR248
Chester, Ohio 45720
Phone: (740) 985-9822