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40th annual Fiddlers' Frolics features complete Branson show, more live music

By by sonny long/slong@vicad.com
April 13, 2011 at 2:04 p.m.
Updated April 12, 2011 at 11:13 p.m.

The Texas State Championship,  with about 150 fiddlers from across the country competing, begins  Sunday at 1 p.m. at the annual  Fiddlers' Frolics event in Hallettsville.

The Texas State Championship, with about 150 fiddlers from across the country competing, begins Sunday at 1 p.m. at the annual Fiddlers' Frolics event in Hallettsville.

If you thought the annual Fiddlers' Frolics in Hallettsville was just about playing the fiddle, think again.

While the Texas State Championship - with about 150 fiddlers from across the country competing - continues to be the focal point, the 40th annual event also features a wide variety of other entertainment, the Songwriter Serenade competition, a barbecue cook-off (with sampling available for the first time), a carnival and arts and crafts vendors.

"We've really tried to step up our entertainment across the board," said Kenneth Henneke, one of the event organizers. "In addition to all the great fiddlers that will be competing, our entertainment lineup is the probably best we've ever had."

One of the entertainment highlights is Friday night's Joey Riley Comic and Music Revue from Branson, Mo.

"I want to emphasize it's his whole show, two to two and a half hours of comedy and music," said Henneke.

Riley has been featured in the Mickey Gilley Show in Branson since 1993 and started his own act at Gilley's theater in 2004.

Before Riley and company take the stage at 9 p.m. Friday inside the Knights of Columbus Hall, 321 S. U.S. Highway 77, Waylon Thibodeaux & Band will get the crowd going at 7:45 p.m. with Cajun fare.

At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, outside the hall, Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros will provide the music.

Saturday's dance inside the hall kicks off with Los Kolaches and is headlined by Kyle Park.

On Sunday, the Tim Hall Band will wrap up the musical entertainment from 1 to 6 p.m.

Fittingly, given the level of entertainment at this year's event, the lone inductee into the Fiddlers Hall of Fame will be the legendary musician Bob Wills. His daughter and granddaughter are expected to be on hand to accept the induction on his behalf, said Henneke.


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