By: Kathleen Pixley | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: May 2021
Jana Jae and Barry “Bones” Patton
Grand Lake Festivals, Inc. and the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce again partner for a great kick-off to a safe and festive 2021 summer festival series. The American Heritage Music Festival and Grand Lake National Fiddle Contest will be held June 10, 11 and 12, joining the Chamber for the Toes in the Grand weekend at Wolf Creek Park in Grove, OK. Fiddlers, musicians, and music enthusiasts from across the U.S. gather for this exciting Festival celebrating our nation’s musical heritage. This will be the second year for the two events to be combined into a large family-friendly event. The American Heritage Music Festival starts with a delicious lakeside dinner, entertainment, and plenty of jamming at Snider’s Camp Thursday evening, June 10 at 6:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a lakeside dinner and free entertainment.
The Grand Lake National Fiddle Contest will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, June 11, at Wolf Creek Park, with 4 divisions for all ages including the Open Division competing for the top prize of $1000. Register online for the contests at www. grandlakefestivals.com. The Early Bird registration deadline is May 15. Contests, jamming, and entertainment continue throughout the day. You never know who you will find within the groups of talented musicians enjoying playing and jamming with the best of the best. Featured bands Friday evening are Cliff Top and the award-winning Baker Family Band plus Jana Jae & World Champion Barry “Bones” Patton, followed by the Junior Marriott Western Swing Dance Band closing out an evening of great music, fun and dancing. Spectators are asked to bring their lawn chairs to Wolf Creek Park and enjoy a full day and evening of entertainment, vendor booths, and delicious food by several local and area food trucks serving up their most delicious cuisine.
Grand Lake Festivals, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the arts and family entertainment to the Grand Lake area with the assistance of local and area sponsors & media, Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Grove Convention & Tourism Bureau, Cherokee Nation Businesses and Oklahoma Tourism.
2020 Grand Lake National Fiddle Contest: L to R Cathy Marriott, Jana Jae, Maddie Dalton, 1st Place Winner of Open Division; Justin Branum, 2nd Place Winner of Open Division; Monte Gaylord, 3rd Place Winner of Open Division
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