Fiddlers to gather for fun, competition

July 30, 1993|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,Contributing Writer

Plenty of fiddling around is on tap Sunday at the Carroll County Farm Museum.

The 52nd Deer Creek Fiddlers Convention will be held from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The conventions have been held twice a year since organizers Dave Greene and Megan Shook began them in 1972.

The brother and sister team conceived the idea for a bluegrass convention because of a love of the music that grew during their childhood in Corning, N.Y.

"We started it because, when I was a kid, I listened to bluegrass music," said Mr. Greene. "It's always been with me."

Mr. Greene said that he finally decided to start the conventions when he attended a similar gathering that was a big attraction but had sound problems.

"I thought, 'Gee, we can do better than that,' " he said.

The Deer Creek Convention boasts one of the "best sound systems around," and the Carroll County Farm Museum is the perfect place to showcase it, he said. The convention, which started out at Deer Creek in Harford County, has taken place at several sites before taking up residence at the Farm Museum.

Mr. Greene said museum staff members are very helpful because they rigorously enforce their ban on alcoholic beverages and they handle parking.

Musicians will compete for prizes and more than $3,000 in cash raised through ticket sales. A new category has been added for young performers.

"I like to see the development, the young musicians that come and learn and grow," Mrs. Shook said.

There will be 12 categories, from banjo to mandolin players -- and, of course, fiddlers.

Along with the competition, there will be clogging and musical performances, dancing, food and crafts.

Mr. Greene and Mrs. Shook work with their spouses and children to make sure everything goes smoothly. There is, however, one detail they cannot control.

"The weather is the biggest problem," said Mrs. Shook. "But we will have it rain or shine."

Tickets are $7 per person. Children under 18 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. No alcohol or pets allowed.

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