Another Great Contest in Groesbeck at the 48th Annual
Fiddle Fest & Southwest Fiddle Championship

If you weren’t able to make it to Groesbeck on May 7, you missed a good contest. For the 2nd year in a row, the contest took place in Groesbeck’s Civic Center. The serving line for getting a plate of barbecue was long, and that’s good news as this is a fundraising opportunity and they count on the fiddle contest to provide entertainment. It’s good partnership where everyone wins.

The contest started a little later than the posted start time of 11 am, but finished up at 4:15 pm. The contest results have been posted. Congratulations and thanks to all!

Next up: Johnson County Pioneers & Old Settlers Reunion
Fiddle Contest

The next contest on the TOTFA schedule will be September 9. The Johnson County Pioneers and Old Settlers Reunion was first held in 1893, so that means this year’s will be the 124th annual. In that time, according to organizer Rocky Biggs, there have been over 100 fiddle contests associated with this 4-day event. This year the contest will start at 7 p.m. That’s one hour earlier than in previous years, and will kick off with the senior division. This will be the 2nd year that TOTFA has worked in partnership with the county association. All our members are encouraged to attend this historic contest. The divisions and projected payouts have been posted.

2nd Annual 508 Park Fiddle Contest
in Preliminary Planning Stage

Planning discussions are beginning for the 2nd annual 508 Park Fiddle Contest. This was a new contest that took place November 7 of last year. Former board member, Ed Carnes, is helping organize it again this year. For those who missed the contest last year, it took place just outside the old Brunsick Warehouse Recording Studio on 508 Park Ave. in Dallas, Texas. The building itself is rich with history. Bob Wills and blues legend Robert Johnson both recorded there. Though the weather was dicey and put a damper on audience turnout, it turned out to be a good contest and the smaller-than-expected audience appreciated it. Right now, it looks like the contest will be sometime in September. You’ll be able to find the firm date in the newsletter or on the TOTFA website when it’s set.

TOTFA, By the Numbers

TOTFA currently has 141 members
Bank balance, as of June 7: $5,809.13


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Disc 2: The Devil's Box Bonus Disc features 42 complete fiddle tunes played by contestants from around the country as well as performances by Larry Franklin, Texas Shorty, and many, many more.

Disc 3 The Lost Benny Thomasson Tapes: This disc is a wonderful hour-long interview with the master himself, Benny Thomasson. Benny tells the story of Texas-style as only he knows it and plays 19 tunes like only he can. This interview from 1976 has been cleaned up and remastered and is the ideal tutorial for any fiddler who wants to hear the tunes exactly as Benny played them and learn some fascinating fiddle history along the way.

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April 2: Llano
April 23-25: Hallettsville*
May 7: Groesbeck
May 29: Athens*
TBA: Dallas
September 9: Alvarado
October 1: Bowie
October 8: Seguin
October 8-9: Greenville*
October 15: Gilmer
October 22: Crockett*
November 12: Glen Rose
TBA: TOTFA Convention

*non-association contest


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