The Amateur Accordion Contest is a favorite among the attendees of Zydeco Extravaganza. Any amateur accordion player is eligible to enter. Just show up to Zydeco Extravaganza and report to the stage with accordion in hand when they call for contestants. The rules are simple: 1st round all contestants must play a waltz and a two step. The contestants are narrowed down, and those who make it to the 2nd round must play another two step. From there, a winner is chosen by cheers from the crowd, Apollo style! Former winners who have gone on to make a name for themselves in Zydeco include the winner of the first ever Amateur Accordion Contest, Lil Pookie of Lil Pookie and the Zydeco Sensations, and Snuggles of Snuggles and the Zydeco Showstoppers.
A clip from the 2010 Amateur Accordion Contest.