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Fiddlers, Rosin Up Your Bow!

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Date: February 20, 2014

National Park ServiceNews Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 20, 2014

Tina Miller 402-223-3514

Fiddlers, Rosin Up Your Bow!!

Monumental Fiddling Championship at Homestead National Monument of America

The annual Monumental Fiddling Championship and Acoustic Band Contest will be held onSaturday, May 24, 2014, at Homestead National Monument of America's Education Center. A free fiddling workshop will be held at10 a.m.and competition will begin at12 p.m.There are three divisions for fiddling: Junior Division (less than five years' experience), Senior Division (five years of experience or more), and Legends Division (past 1stplace winners of the Senior Division). There will also be an acoustic band contest.

Participants will play three pieces; a hoedown, waltz and tune of choice.The Coffin Family Foundation will sponsor a total of $1,500 in prize money. There are no participant or registration fees.. 

This popular event celebrates music from the homesteading period. Music was a common thread among pioneers of all ages. The Monumental Fiddling Championship and Acoustic Band Contest is an opportunity to highlight this historic activity and heighten the awareness and enthusiasm for fiddling. 

Fiddlers, young and old, are encouraged to participate. Professional musicians Greenblatt and Seay will conduct a free morning workshop allowing fiddlers to gain new skills or fine tune current skills. The youngest fiddler, oldest fiddler, and best left-handed fiddler will be recognized. 

"This event has grown tremendously over the years and is a great family event," said Mark Engler, Superintendent of Homestead National Monument of America. "It has something for everyone. It's a lot of fun and lets visitors get a look at entertainment enjoyed by homesteaders and settlers on the Great Plains. We're lucky to have the team of Greenblatt and Seay back for another great year."

Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2014. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM) and Facebook (HomesteadNM).

Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska and 45 miles south of Lincoln. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit http://www.nps.gov/home/.

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