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32nd Banjo and Fiddle Contest

Banjo and Fiddle Contest
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Don Pedi

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News Release Date: August 17, 2011
Contact: Alex Demas, 978-275-1784
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705

(Lowell, MA) The sounds of bluegrass, dixieland, old time mountain picking, and the strains of ethnic dance tunes from all over the world will flow from Boarding House Park in Lowell, Massachusetts, on Saturday, September 10, 2010, during the annual Banjo and Fiddle Contests. The public is invited to a full day of music, food and family fun. The event is free and donations will are welcomed. Free workshops on mountain dulcimer, old-time fiddle, old-time banjo, twin and bluegrass fiddle, and bluegrass banjo begin at 10:00 a.m.The contests begin at noon and continue throughout the afternoon. Pre-registration for contestants is suggested. A printable "Contestant Registration Form" is available here.

Banjo and fiddle players of all ages, experts and beginners alike, compete for cash prizes and trophies in this annual competition. Participants have ranged in age from 4 to 75, many traveling from as far away as North Carolina and Quebec.Musicians interested in participating should pre-register by contacting the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street, Lowell, (978) 970-5000 or visiting www.nps.gov/lowe/banjofiddle.Entry questions can be directed to Alex Demas at alex_demas@nps.gov.Contest entry and public admission are free to all.

For more information, please call (978) 970-5000/5002 (TDD).Boarding House Park is located at 40 French Street, Lowell.The rain location is Lowell High School Auditorium across from the Boarding House Park.Both locations are wheelchair accessible.The Banjo & Fiddle Contests are sponsored by Lowell Festival Foundation and Lowell National Historical Park.

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Mile of Mills, Lowell, MA

Francis Cabot Lowell died before his colleagues began planning the industrial city of unprecedented order and scale that would eventually be named Lowell, Massachusetts.