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Fiddlers' Frolics swings into Hallettsville

By Sonny Long
April 24, 2013 at 6 p.m.
Updated April 24, 2013 at 11:25 p.m.

Wade Landry is one of many fiddlers set to perform at the 43rd annual Texas State Championship Fiddlers' Frolics. Landry will hit the stage Friday evening.

43rd ANNUAL FIDDLERS' FROLICS SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Knights of Columbus Hall

Hallettsville

Weekend pass: $45; outside events are free

• Thursday (Free)

6 p.m. - Jam Session

• Friday ($12 admission)

Inside the Hall

6 p.m. - Anything Goes Fiddle Contest

7:45 p.m. - Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys

9 p.m. - Wade Landry show from Branson, Mo.

Outside

5 p.m. - Cajun Fun Night

• Saturday ($8 admission, dance $20)

Inside the Hall

9 a.m. - Fiddle Contest, Forest Craig Freshman Division (15 and younger)

1 p.m. - Fiddle Contest, Gone to Texas (Out-of-State competition)

8:30 p.m. - Dance featuring Curtiss Grime, Brandon Rhyder, Rhythm of the Road

Outside

1 p.m. - Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys

3 p.m. - Texas State Championship Sausage Cook-off judging

5 p.m. - Cook-off awards

• Sunday ($8 admission)

Inside the Hall

9:30 a.m. - Guitar Accompanist Contest

10:30 a.m. - Texas Fiddlers' Hall of Fame Induction of Wade Stockton

11:30 a.m. - Fiddle Contest, Senior Division (65 and older)

1 p.m. - Texas State Championship Fiddle Contest

5 p.m. - Cliff & Velda Fryer Championship Play-off

Outside

10 a.m. - Barbecue showmanship

1 p.m. - Texas State Championship Barbecue Cook-off judging begins (chicken, pork ribs, brisket, sauce)

1 p.m. - Texas Rhythm Band

MEET WADE STOCKTON

Read a question-and-answer session with Wade Stockton, 2013 inductee to the Texas Fiddlers' Hall of Fame

WEBCASTS

Two of the fiddle contests during the 43rd annual Fiddlers' Frolics will be webcast by Texas Thunder Radio,99.9 FM, KTXM. The webcasts include the Gone To Texas division for out-of-state fiddlers at 1 p.m. Saturday and the Texas State Championship at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The 43rd annual Texas State Championship Fiddlers' Frolics returns to Hallettsville starting Thursday with live entertainment, food and, of course, some great fiddlin'.

In addition, Victoria's Wade Stockton is being inducted into the Texas Fiddlers Hall of Fame during a Sunday ceremony.

It all takes place at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 321 U.S. Highway 77.

"We anticipate somewhere around 100 participants, including accompanists," said Stuart Fryer, event co-chairman. "We know that contestants from Oregon, Idaho and Minnesota are already in Texas in anticipation of the event, as are many others from states in between."

Defending champion Dennis Ludiker, of Austin, is expected to return to defend his Texas State Championship title at 1 p.m. Sunday. The championship playoff will follow at 5 p.m.

The out-of-state fiddlers will take part in the Gone To Texas competition at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Other competitions include the Anything Goes contest at 6 p.m. Friday, the Freshman Division at 9 a.m. Saturday, the Accompanist Contest at 9 a.m. Sunday and the Senior Division at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

If all the fiddling around isn't enough, throw in Wade Landry's Swingin' Cajun Style show from Branson, Mo., at 9 p.m. Friday and other live music Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Cajun Fun Night starts at 5 p.m. Friday with Cajun food available, then taste samples from the Texas State Championship Sausage Cook-off on Saturday and the Texas State Championship Barbecue Cook-off on Sunday.

Arts and crafts will be available for sale throughout the weekend.

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