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  • Day trippin': Branson Fiddle Festival hits new high notes

  • Downtown Branson’s 26th Annual Fiddle Festival & Mid-America Fiddler’s Championship is in a new Historic Downtown location this August 2-3.
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  • Downtown Branson’s 26th Annual Fiddle Festival & Mid-America Fiddler’s Championship is in a new Historic Downtown location this August 2-3.  
    The Championship Contest will be held inside the air-conditioned, cushion-seated and beautifully-staged Historic Owen Theatre and the Festival will be in Commercial Street, in front of the theater, true block-party style.  Tickets for the indoor Contest this year will be $8 for adults, $4 for kids ages 4 -12, and Free for small lap children.  The outdoor festival is Free.
    Excitement is circulating in the nationwide fiddle community for the new, cooler, contest venue.  Also new, the Championship Contest will start Saturday morning at 9 a.m. with the Pee Wee Division and later that same day, 7 p.m., the Grand Champion will be crowned. Five-time Branson Fiddler of the Year Wayne Massengale will be adding his award-winning expertise as emcee of the contest.
    World-class champion judges are deciding on the winners of $5,000 in cash prizes.
    The outdoor Festival will be a new experience too.  Craft vendors will be on site, some who have been at area Arts & Crafts festivals and some who are first-time vendors.  Historic Downtown Branson will welcome Promised Land Zoo on Saturday morning for a critter meet-and-greet.  
    Families will also enjoy the talents of the Historic Owen Theatre — balloon artist, juggler and photo opportunity which puts your kid inside a bubble.  The fun does not end there — there will also be carnival games with prizes and raffles.  This is a great time for all on Saturday and Sunday.
    Downtown Branson businesses will have sidewalk sales and there will be strolling entertainment by wonderful Branson musicians.  
    Fiddle art from Branson young people will be on display at the Branson Centennial Museum.
    Finger-licking great food like pulled pork, corn-on-the-cob and brats will be served up by Mark Pearman of Branson Craft Mall.
    Some of the greatest Branson businesses allow this festival, which honors our fiddle heritage and state instrument, to be on display in Historic Downtown Branson each year.  Dick’s Old-Time 5 & 10, Historic Owen Theatre, Burlington Annex, Best Western Plus Landing View Inn & Suites, Branson Tri Lakes News, Branson Centennial Museum, Missouri Arts Council, and many more are sponsors for the event.
    Visit the website http://downtownbranson.org for more information on the festival, contest or tickets or call (417)334-1548.

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