Bluegrass to flow at Fiddlers' Convention

June 10, 1994|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer

The Carroll County Farm Museum will be swinging to the sounds of fiddles and mandolins playing "down-home" bluegrass music Sunday at the 23rd annual Deer Creek Fiddlers' Convention.

During the daylong competition, musicians will play for more than $3,000 in cash prizes, donated by Maryland area music stores, in numerous categories. Competition will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 10 p.m.

"The Fiddlers' Convention is a unique time, especially with the resurgence of bluegrass music," said Dottie Freeman, administrative marketing specialist for the Farm Museum. "Old-timey bluegrass and country is what you'll be hearing here."

Throughout the day, visitors can wander the grounds listening to their favorite acts practicing for the competition. Groups and individuals will be strumming fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, bass fiddles and Dobros.

Opening the event just before 11 a.m. will be the Sacred Harp Singers. The fiddling will be continuous on stage except for two brief rest periods, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., when the Cub Hill Cloggers demonstrate their dance skills.

"After everybody's played and the judges have awarded their points and picked the top groups, the finalists will play from 8 p.m. to about 10 p.m.," Mrs. Freeman said.

Awards will be handed out for best bluegrass band, bluegrass fiddle, bluegrass banjo, old-timey band, old-timey fiddle, old-timey banjo, guitar, mandolin, vocalist, special performer (bagpipes, autoharp, dulcimer, flute), bass fiddle, Dobro and BTC young performer (age 14 and under).

"There were some young performers here last year and they were really good," Mrs. Freeman said. "It's surprising, these young children with this amazing talent."

Besides the music, the Farm Museum will offer farmhouse tours, demonstrations by local artisans doing 19th-century crafts, wagon rides and lots of good food. The General Store also will be open.

Visitors can bring a picnic lunch, or buy something from one of the many vendors.

Throughout the day, Maryland Public Television's "On Location" host Rhea Feiken will be broadcasting live segments of the fiddlers for airing on its local stations. This will be the first time MPT has broadcast the Fiddlers' Convention, Mrs. Freeman said.

For musicians wishing to compete, it's not too late to register. Registration will be taken from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Sunday at the Farm Museum, or call Megan Shook at (410) 366-5092.

Ms. Shook said the schedule for performers is full between 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., but other slots are open.

The Farm Museum ticket booth for general admission will open about 9:30 a.m. Tickets at the gate are $7 for adults age 18 and over; children under age 18 are admitted free with a paying adult. Advance tickets also are still available through the Farm Museum at $5 per person.

B6 Information: Carroll County Farm Museum, 848-7775.

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