September, 2021: The 41st Bluegrass & Chili Festival is set for Sept. 10 and 11 in historic downtown Wagoner. The weekend festivities will include three stages of FREE “pepper hot” concerts by national and regional artists. Headliners scheduled to appear include a host of award winners and festival fan favorites Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Balsam Range, Kenny & Amanda Smith Band, The Edgar Loudermilk Band, The Grascals and brand-new acoustic country/bluegrass act Caleb Daughtery. A fine menu of sizzling entertainment is planned for the weekend.
Top regional bands will entertain on three stages performing a variety of music including country, gospel, bluegrass and classic rock and rhythm and blues. Acts to date schedule to appear include: Bazemore Family, Borderline Bluegrass, Roving Gamblers, Heartland Xpress, Spring Street, Acoustic Freight Train, Vintage 5, Amundson Family, Cody Frost Band, Paul Holt Band, The Travelers, Sugar Mountain Band with more to be confirmed. In addition to the free concerts, other musical entertainment highlights include: The “Junior Showcase” this showcase is designed to give talented youth 21 and under stage exposure and experience in a noncompetitive showcase. An acoustic guitar will be awarded by a drawing of all the participants. Don’t miss the opportunity to see some fancy dancing’ as dance groups “kick up their heels” during the festivities.
The Bluegrass & Chili Festival will SIZZLE with many other family activities. The Festival Street Market will include a wide variety of crafts, services and business showcases. Little buckaroos can find free activities at the children’s Kiddie Korral. The Open Car Show will give festival attendees an opportunity to see classic and current beauties. The Antique Tractor Show is returning with expanded activities including rope making, blacksmithing and the kiddos can even milk a cow! Other family fun includes inflatables and of course delicious food favorites. All these family activities will add spice to the weekend of family fun!
Don’t miss the Mid-America Regional Chili Cook-off Saturday the 11th. The International Chili Society Division winning cook in the traditional red division will represent the Festival in the World Cook-off in 2022 that boasts a $25,000 first prize. The Homestyle Division winner will also travel to the World Cook-off where they will vie for a $20,000 first prize. All the cooking teams will compete for awards and of course bragging rights! Teams will vie for awards for best of show, the coveted ham-manship, open salsa honors and bragging rights for an entire year! Festival attendees can also sample the award-winning chili with an official taster kit Saturday!
The Festival opens at 4p.m. Friday entertainment from 6p.m.-11p.m. and Saturday festivities from
11a.m.-11p.m. For additional Festival information and contest applications contact: Bluegrass & Chili Festival at eat0@eau0eav0eaw0. Hotel information, festival updates and a complete list of festival partners at www.bluegrasschilifest.com or contact 918-485-2554. No event admission fee. Parking downtown can include free lots/spaces but some may require a fee for premium parking.
Festival major sponsors: City of Wagoner, GRDA, Big Country 99.5, Wagoner Chamber, KOTV The News on 6, Downtown Wagoner and the Ft. Gibson Lake Association.
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