Awwh…haa!! Dust off your fiddles, the 4th Annual Bob Wills Fiddle Festival & Contest is right around the corner!
JUDGES: every contest needs great judges and we are excited to announce this year’s panel: Jason Crisp, JayDean Ludiker and Dale Morris. Highly respected for their fiddling abilities, each brings an impressive degree of expertise in the area of contest judging and are well-known and appreciated in the fiddle community. To allow the judges a much deserved break, Junior Marriott and Marty Elmore will help judge the Adult & Senior divisions.
SCHEDULE & AWARDS: The contest element of the weekend is a two-day event, with over $8,000 in prizes and 7 divisions. Fiddle contestants may enter their age group or the Open and in addition, all contestants may enter the Bob Wills Swing Division!
REGISTRATION & SCHEDULE
FRIDAY: 6pm – early registration and jam session will take place at Best Western Plus 3001 Mustang Crossing Greenville, TX 75402
SATURDAY: 10am to 4pm – Fiddle Contest preliminaries at the Texan Theater – 2712 Lee Street, Greenville TX 75401
Division order of play – Junior Junior, Junior, Senior, Adult, Open, Bob Wills (lunch break in there somewhere!)
SUNDAY: 11am – 4pm – Fiddle Contests finals and awards at the GMA – 2821 Washington St, Greenville TX 75401
Division order of play – Junior Junior, Junior, Senior, Accompanist, Adult, Open Bob Wills
TIMES ARE APPROX and subject to change according to number of contestants
SATURDAY REGISTRATION: – 9am at the Henson Building (this is at 2716 Lee Street, but the entrance is around the corner on Wesley street, which is the side stage entrance of the Texan Theater, the street will be blocked off, there is plenty of free parking all around this area). The second floor of the Henson Building is reserved for our fiddlers warm-up room, can safely leave cases inside etc. The street is blocked off, so weather permitting, jamming and playing outside is an option too. Chairs in warmup room and outside are limited – we strongly suggest bringing your own folding chair, lawn chair, etc. Greenville Suzuki Strings will be providing concessions, snacks, drinks for contestants and there are other food and craft brew options along Lee Street as well.
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Jr Jr (12 & under) $150-125-100 -75-50
Junior (13-17) $200-150-125-100-75
Adult (18-59) $250-200-150-125-100
Senior (60 & up) $250-200-150-125-100
Open (any age) $1000-800-600-500-400-300-200-100
Bob Wills (any age) $400-300-200-150-100
LODGING: Thanks once again to our partner hotel, Best Western Plus, for the great $84 fiddle contestant rate. If you want to stay in the JAM FRIENDLY Fiddlers Block of rooms at BW, simply contact us at 817-875-6022 with your rooming needs and we will reserve your room. Hampton Inn is offering a Bob Wills Festival discount of $99 for the standard rooms with 2 queen or 1 king bed, and $104 for the king suites with 1 king bed and a sofa bed. Call: (903) 457-9200. Ask for the Bob Wills Festival rate. There are many other lodging options in the Greenville, TX area as well, simply search online for these.
TRANSPORTATION: Greenville is located 60-70 miles from DAL and DFW airports. We offer contestants free airport pickup on Friday and free airport drop off on Sunday or Monday. (Schedule will allow a Sunday evening 7pm or later departure after contest finals conclude) Contact 817-875-6022 to arrange transpiration.