Old-Time Fiddle Contest is in Yankton Sept. 17-19

Old-Time Fiddle Contest is in Yankton Sept. 17-19 Find a toe-tappin' good time at the South Dakota Old-Time Fiddle Contest and Jamboree, Sept. 17-19. This family-oriented festival of bluegrass, folk and old-time country music features traditional fiddlers and accordion players from across the nation.

They gather in Yankton annually to compete, jam and entertain music lovers. Rising stars as well as seasoned veterans take their turns at contests, each hoping to be crowned the next champion at the National Old Time Fiddle Invitational Finals.

"This is the only contest that has a national invitational," said George Mallory, vice president of the South Dakota Old Time Fiddlers. "That means that some of the best talent from across the nation is on our stage."

Call (605) 357-9357 or visit www.TravelSD.com for a schedule of activities.

The South Dakota Old Time Fiddle Contest and Jamboree has been designated a "Great Event" by the South Dakota Office of Tourism. With that designation, the office provides assistance to event coordinators and creates and funds promotion for the event.

For 2004, events that take place during the shoulder travel season are part of the campaign. The objective of the "Great Shoulder Events" campaign is to boost attendance at South Dakota events during the off-peak travel season and to increase economic impact in host communities.

The Great Shoulder Events campaign is one component of the 2010 Initiative, which includes doubling visitor spending to $1.2 billion by 2010.

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