The “Old Time Fiddle Contest” is back in Branson this year. The 24th Annual Fiddle Festival will take place in Downtown Branson from August 24 – 26. The cost is just $3 for adults and $1.50 for kids every day, and you’ll get admission into all of the great excitement awaiting you at the event.
Demonstrations, strolling entertainers, workshops, square dancing and more will all be available for you and your family and friends to enjoy. A free square dance lesson will take place on Saturday night with Ray and Emma Thebeau.
On Friday night, kick off the festival with the Jam Session and Gamblers Draw Competition. From 6 – 10 p.m., the “Ozarks Music & Culture Tent” will be hosting the session. With a $5 entry fee, you can participate in the gamble. Song titles will be placed into a hat for the fiddlers to draw. The musician is then required to play that song; if they can’t, they’re eliminated. The last fiddler standing wins the competition and all of the entry fee money. After the draw, settle in for a jam session.
Sunday morning brings a gospel celebration with Bob Hubbard from the Jordonaires and Foggy River Boys. The Farnum Family will play music that will stir your heart and lift your spirits. The gospel celebration is free to attend and starts at 10:00 a.m.
Preliminaries for the fiddling competition start on Saturday from 10 – 6. The competition takes place in the “Ozarks Music & Culture Tent” in historic downtown behind Dick’s 5 & 10. The finals take place on Sunday from 12 – 5 p.m.
If you’re interested in taking part in the competition, note that early registration is appreciated. Contestants receive free admission to the event as well as admission to the contest for one guest. There is no entry fee for contestants. Learn more information about the event and how to participate here.