This is a favorite festival with nationally sanctioned competitions, great performances, air-conditioned comfort by day in a Civic Center and lots of fun jamming, lakeside barbecue dinners, etc in the evenings.

June 11, 12, 13, 2009 are the dates for the 12th Annual Grand Lake National Fiddle Fest in Grove, OK on Grand Lake O' the Cherokees with $1000 Grand Prize for the fiddle contest. It's nationally certified by Weiser, with the five great judges for this year confirmed: Valerie O'Brian, TX; Junior Daugherty, NM; Bobby Taylor, WV; Vi Wickam, IN; and Dale Morris, TX, who will also give a fiddle workshop.

You can register online for fiddle, flatpicking, mandolin, dobro, banjo, twin fiddle, hot fiddle, and group competitions

Enter one fiddle division: Open, Pee Wee, Jr. Jr., Junior, Adult, or Senior Enter many other contests: Twin Fiddle, Hot Fiddle, "Take Me Back to Tulsa" (best rendition of a Bob Wills tune), Jukebox (best acoustic group with at least one fiddle), Honeycreek Special (gambler's draw), 30 Minute Band Contest Pickin' Contests are held on Friday, June 12: Flatpicking, Dobro, Banjo, Mandolin - all pickers welcome!

The American Heritage Music Festival has the Fiddle Fest and also nationally sanctioned clogging contests on another stage. Call Lou Maiuri, 304-872-5803.

Try to register or get tickets BY MAY 15 for earlybirds.

Snail mail still works: Grand Lake Festivals, P.O. Box 451590, Grove, OK, 74345. Their phone is 800-526-2523

Spread the word, it's a fun time with great musicians and lots of pickers.


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