Championship bring musicians to downtown Lawrence

21st annual state fiddling, picking contest provides acoustical enjoyment for expected crowds

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of down-home music fans and performers are expected in downtown Lawrence today and Sunday for the 21st Annual Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships.

"Expect a wonderful chance to enjoy all sorts of acoustic music in a community atmosphere," said Brad Levy, one of the organizers. "It's music of the people."


Journal-World File Photo

The 21st Annual kansas state fiddling and Picking championships are today and Sunday in downtown Lawrence. Concerts and competitions with all types of instruments, including the violin from this this file photo, above, will be all open to musicians of all ages.

Besides contests and concerts, the weekend events include jam sessions, a barn dance, children's activities and singing.

There will be music contests for various categories of fiddle, banjo, flat-pick guitar, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, miscellaneous acoustic instruments and ensemble folk singing.

Performances are free to the public, but competing musicians must pay a $5 fee for each contest. All ages may compete.

Levy said weather is expected to be just right for the event.

A music festival will temporarily close part of Massachusetts street Sunday.City officials said Friday that the street will be closed from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday between North and South Park streets.The closure will make room for the Kansas State Fiddling & Picking Championships in South Park.

"For Sunday's activities bring lawn chairs and blankets. Sounds like we've got a pretty good weather forecast.It goes on rain or shine. But hopefully we won't have the 110 degrees we had last year," he said.


� Barn dance basics workshop, 6:45 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center Dance Annex, 205 1/2 W. Eighth St.

� Community barn dance, 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center Dance Annex. Music by Rob Nold and friends. Fee: $5 for adults, $2 for a child.

� Open jam, bluegrass, old-time and sing-along, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Mass Street Music, 1347 Mass.


� Contests and concerts, noon-5 p.m., South Park, 11th and Massachusetts streets. Featuring Fox on the Run, various contests and The Midday Ramblers on the south stage, and various contests and Maria Anthony and Megan Hurt on the north stage.

� Shape-note singing workshop, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.

� Story storytelling by Priscilla Howe, South Park Recreation Center, 11th and Massachusetts streets.

For more information or contest rules, call 749-1356 or go to


Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.