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42nd annual Fiddlers' Frolics rolls into Hallettsville (Video)

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
April 24, 2012 at 5:01 p.m.
Updated April 24, 2012 at 11:25 p.m.

Defending Texas State Champion fiddler Carl Hopkins, a three-time winner, will be a judge at the championship.

Scores of talented musicians will descend on Hallettsville this weekend at the 42nd annual Fiddlers' Frolics.

The event includes the Texas State Championship fiddle contest, the Gone to Texas fiddle contest and divisions for youth and for seniors as well as the popular Anything Goes competition.

"The talent level is unbelievable. It really blows my mind. These fiddle players are so good, it's unreal," said Kenneth Henneke, event co-chairman.

"This is truly a national event. We will have more than 100 fiddle players in here from all over," co-chairman Stuart Fryer said. "We have fiddle players coming from as far away as Oregon and Washington state."

Fryer is also excited about a Fiddlers' Frolics first - live webcasts of the Gone to Texas Fiddle Contest on Saturday and the Texas State Championship on Sunday.

"We are pleased to be able to work with Texas Thunder Radio to get these webcasts done," Fryer said. "For the first time, those who can't make it to Hallettsville can listen to the first-class competition from anywhere in the world."

Fiddlers' Frolics is also highlighted in a documentary, "The Devil's Box." The three-DVD set will be available for sale for $35.

In addition to all the fiddle playing, the event includes the Texas State barbecue cook-off championship, live music, a Cajun fun night complete with authentic Cajun food and music as well as arts and crafts vendors and more.

Attendees can purchase tickets to take to participating barbecue contestants and receive a sample of their entries.

Kenneth Morris and Dale Morris Jr. will also be inducted into the Texas Fiddlers Hall of Fame.

"There's something for all ages. It's family entertainment at its best," Henneke said.

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