It’s the time of year in Smithville when it’s good to just be fiddlin’ around.
The 46th annual Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree and Crafts Festival is this Friday and Saturday, June 30 and July 1.
Get ready to tap your toes and feed your face as the festival is a rich harvest of music and food. There will be streets lined with craft vendors, dozens of food booths, and the classic fiddle-off for the grand champion award.
The jamboree features over 35 music and dance categories with events starting at 9 a.m. each day on Smithville Court Square. Registration is accepted each day until 15 minutes before the category begins.
Competitions include buck dancing, clogging, fiddle, hammer dulcimer, Appalachian folk singing, square dancing, gospel singing, banjo, and more.
Festival organizers say the two-day jamboree is one of those events that should be experienced in person.
“We encourage you to pull up a chair and stay awhile and take in all the magic of this unforgettable event,” said Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree president and coordinator Sam Stout. “Peruse the wide variety of craft booths, grab a BBQ sandwich or a corndog and an ice-cold lemonade, find a seat near the stage or around the courthouse lawn, and sit back and enjoy one of the best free shows around.”
The mission of the Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree and Crafts Festival is to preserve and perpetuate traditional Appalachian and old-time music, dance, and crafts.
More information can be found online at www.smithvillejamboree.com.