It’s that time again! Mark your calendars for the 2013 Downtown Branson Fiddle Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3-4. This nationally recognized event includes a FREE Jam Session and Gambler’s Draw competition on Saturday night, Aug. 3, 6-9 p.m.
Besides a championship fiddling contest, the 2013 Fiddle Festival will feature demonstrations, entertainers strolling the streets of downtown, workshops, an inside the tent Saturday night “Square Dance” and more!
The Downtown Branson Fiddle Festival will award $7,000 in cash prizes with three (3) award-winning judges, Lydia Ryals Stuart, Bubba Hopkins, and Evan Meeker. Contest will be in the “Ozarks Music & Culture Tent” in Historic Downtown behind Dick’s 5 & 10. Prelims are Saturday, Aug. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Finals will be on Sunday, August 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is NO entree fee to contestants. However, preregistration is greatly appreciated. There is a daily $3 admission to contest for adults and a daily $1.50 admission to contest for children 4-12. Children 3 and younger get in free.
Workshops will be in a private conference room Friday Aug. 2. Preregistration is strongly suggested. Contact Junior Marriott for information about instructors and workshop schedules; 417-683-2777 or firstname.lastname@example.org Workshop tuition is $25 each.
Mark your calendars for highlights of the 25th Annual Downtown Branson Fiddle Festival:
Saturday Night: FREE Jam Session, which will begin with the Gamblers Draw, Aug. 3, 6-9 p.m. in the “Ozarks Music & Culture Tent.” Fiddlers and accompanists will be on hand to play their favorite tunes. There is a $5 entry fee into the Gambler’s Draw. Song titles will be placed in a hat. Fiddlers competing draw a title out of the hat and are required to play that song. If they can’t play the song, they are eliminated from the competition. The last fiddler standing will be the winner and will receive all of the entry fee money that was placed in the hat. The Jam Session will continue after the Gambler’s Draw.
Contestants, complete the 2013 Downtown Branson Fiddle Festival registration form and return it to the Downtown Branson Betterment Association (DBBA). Contact information is:
Downtown Branson Betterment Association
P.O. Box 1034, Branson, MO 65615
112 W. College St., Branson, MO 65616
Toll Free 866-523-1190
Phone 417-334-1548 Fax 417-335-3643