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Fries Fiddlers' Convention kicks off Friday

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By Ben Bomberger, Reporter

FRIES — As summer winds down, musicians and music lovers in Fries are just gearing up for the Twin County area's last fiddlers’ convention of the year.

The Fries Fiddlers' Convention — an annual old-time and bluegrass competition and festival, always held the third weekend of August — is sponsored by the Fries Volunteer Fire Department.

The event is scheduled to kick off Friday and continue through Saturday. The convention is held at the Fries Ball Park, located just off Main Street.

The two-night event features a variety of musical performances by bluegrass and old-time artists and groups.

Participants will compete for cash prizes totaling $1,780.

Admission is $5 Friday and Saturday night, with children age 12 and younger admitted free with a paying adult.

Weather permitting, attendees can camp at the site for $10 per night. Gates will open Thursday at 3 p.m. for those wanting a campsite.

Parking will be $5 for a spot inside the ballpark and $1 for handicap spots.

Competitions for Friday begin at 7 p.m. and include guitar, old-time fiddle, banjo, mandolin and Autoharp.

Saturday's competitions begin at 3 p.m. and will begin with the youth competition for ages 15 and younger. Also on Saturday will be bluegrass banjo, dulcimer, dobro, bass and folk song.

Old-time and bluegrass bands and dancers will perform both nights.

Vendor fees are $25 Friday and $35 Saturday, with no food vendors allowed. Concessions will be provided by the Fries Volunteer Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary.

Contestants register on-site.

Organizers stressed that absolutely no pets are allowed in the convention.

• For more information call (276) 744-2141.