Branson’s 18th Annual Olde Time Fiddle Festival

Fiddlers from all around the Midwest are expected to participate in the 18th Annual Olde Time Fiddle Festival on Saturday, August 27, at the old Branson Elementary School Gymnasium at 6th and Maddux Street.

“Generally we have 50 to 60 fiddlers participate in this event. Most of them have learned to play by observing a family member – a granddad, uncle, cousin, or grandmother,” said Gayla Roten, Executive Director of the Downtown Branson Main Street Association. “They pass along the tradition and the tunes this way to the next generation. By sponsoring this event, we help generate interest in the tradition, and maybe encourage more young people to learn about this wonderful instrument and the old time fiddle melodies.”

Divisions are available for all ages: Youth (age 3 to 11), Juniors (age 12 to 15), Seniors (age 65 plus), Texas Style and Old Time Traditional Style. Prize money and trophies valued in excess of $4,000 will be awarded.

Registration for fiddlers begins at 9:30 a.m. for the Preliminary Rounds. The top five fiddlers in each division will be selected at that time. They will then compete for prizes and trophies in the final rounds beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The Branson Best Western Landing View Inn & Suites, 403 W. Main Street, is the official host hotel for the Olde Time Fiddle Festival. A jam session for the participants will be at the hotel following the final rounds.

Bob Hubbard, formerly of the Foggy River Boys, will be the master of ceremonies for the preliminary rounds. Greg Pyron, of KOMC/KRZK Hometown Radio, will be master of ceremonies for the final rounds.

Festival registration is free for the contestants. Tickets are $5 for adults; children age 12 and under are free. Paid admission provides a wristband ticket for the entire day and evening. This is a no-alcohol event. Coolers are not permitted at the event site. Soft drinks and food will be available.

Corporate sponsors of the event are: Dick’s Old Time 5 & 10, Apple Market, The Branson Daily News and The Branson Best Western Landing View Inn & Suites. Details about tickets, location and contest rules are available from the Downtown Branson Main Street Association, (417) 334-1548.

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