Saturday Night’s FREE Jam Session and Gamblers Draw Competition, Aug. 3, 6-9 p.m. brought to you by Titanic Museum Attraction in the “Ozarks Music & Culture Tent.” There is a $5 entry fee to participate in the Gambler’s Draw. Song titles are placed in a hat. Fiddlers competing draw one of the titles 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.
Sunday we will be raffling off an antique German fiddle with bow and case from K.C. Fiddles AND Two Round Trip Domestic Airline tickets from the Branson Airport! Raffle tickets can be purchased directly from the Downtown Branson Betterment Association prior to the festival and during the festival. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 tickets for $5. Drawing for the winners of the raffles will be on Sunday, Aug. 4 at 3PM.
Complete the 2013 Downtown Branson Fiddle Festival registration form to participate in the fiddle competition - FREE to Compete - and return it to the Downtown Branson Betterment Association (DBBA). All Contestants who register by June 26, 2013 will receive a FREE 2013 Fiddle Festival T-shirt – so get your registration in early!
There will be six divisions:
Pee Wee (9 and under)
Junior (10 through 16)
Senior (60 and over)
Adult (17 - 60)
Open (17 – 60)
The winner of each division will receive an invitation to the
2013 Grand Masters Fiddle Championship in Nashville.
Prizes Pee Wee: $25, $50, $75, $100, $150
Prizes Junior: $50, $75, $100, $125, $250
Prizes Senior: $100, $125, $200, $250
Prizes Accompanist: $100, $150, $200, $300, $450
Prizes Adult: $100, $125, $200, $250
Prizes Open: $150, $300, $500, $700, $800
Grand Prize: $1,000
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Lydia Ryals Stuart was born in Fort Worth, Texas. Lydia comes from a family of musicians and learned to play from watching and paying attention to all the musicians around her. She progressed quickly with the help of older siblings. At the age of eight years old, this lead to Lydia being one of the youngest children ever to play with the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra.
As Lydia’s music career continued to grow, she competed in fiddle contests and often played with her musically talented family. Lydia grew up to be a very talented fiddler and became one of the first women directors of TOTFA, Texas Old Time Fiddlers Association, a fiddle association that promotes Texas music to reach all ages. Today, Lydia has been teaching for over twenty-five years and currently teaches fiddle, mandolin, piano, and guitar in Valerie’s Music Studio. She has inspired hundreds of students to develop and pursue their musical abilities. Many of her students have gone on to achieve these goals with a number of them winning the same TOTFA contests she once directed.
Evan Meeker grew up in Evergreen, Colorado, where he began his study of Texas-style Fiddle. Soon after, he became a fixture in the contest and fiddle community in Colorado. He has won many contests and is a past Young Adult Champion at the Colorado Fiddle Championships. Evan’s main early influence was Chris Daring, but he has listened closely to many others.
Now twenty-five years old, Evan lives in Austin, Texas, where he continues to be active in fiddling as a contestant and judge. He considers his biggest influence in fiddling to be Jimmie Don Bates (Austin, Texas), but has also gained inspiration from players like Tom Weisgerber and Wes Westmoreland, to name a few.
My love for Texas-style fiddling began at the age of 13 when I attended my first Texas fiddle contest. After that day in Crockett, I understood the passion that Texans have for their music and began devoting my life to learning to play as they do and putting myself in a position to one day becoming a Texan myself. One of the high points of my fiddling career was winning the Louis Franklin Championship in Whitewright, Texas, in 2009, and having Louis sign my trophy…that’s us in the background. More recent and exciting high points include winning the 2013 Texas State Championship Fiddlers Frolics for the 1st time, 2012 Texas State Championship in Hillsboro for the 3rd time, the 2012 World Championship in Crockett for the 1st time, the 2012 Mid-America Championship in Branson for the 5th time, and serving as a director on the board of the Texas Oldtime Fiddlers Association (TOTFA).
After graduating with a BA in Music Business (NSU) and an AS in Accounting (TCC) in December 2009, I moved from Oklahoma to Texas. I am employed full-time and give fiddle, guitar, tenor guitar, and bass lessons online or from my home in Ft. Worth, Texas; plus I’m in the process of preserving Texas-style fiddle music in written form.
Wayne Massengale is a bolt of lightning waiting to strike. This Harrison, Arkansas native has been playing shows in Branson since 1981, spending ten years with the award-winning Country Tonite show in Branson and was also a part of Clay Cooper’s Country Express Show.
In addition, he has worked with Roy Clark for five years playing the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville Now and the Hee Haw television show. Most recently he played with Tanya Tucker LIVE in Concert.
Wayne constantly astounds audiences with his outstanding ability on the fiddle combined with his distinct showmanship. The Grand Band’s fiddler is also five-time Branson Fiddler of the Year, has won the Arkansas State Championship, and the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Association (SPBGMA) Most Promising Fiddler award.
Wayne and his wonderful wife Melody have two sons Garrett and Dillon.
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