2019 Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival

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Saturday, May 25 enjoy music, food, history, and the prairie at the 2019 Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival at Homestead National Monument of America just outside Beatrice, Nebraska!

 
Four people holding musical instruments stand in a group on a sidewalk.
An acoustic band at the 2017 Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival

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Enjoy music? Love to play?

Come to the annual Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival at Homestead National Monument of America just 4 miles outside Beatrice, Nebraska on May 25! Compete yourself or come to enjoy the music!

While at Homestead National Monument of America be sure to visit the Heritage Center, walk the trails, and enjoy a picnic! Bring a lunch or buy one from
Back Alley Eatery!

The Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival is a day for fiddlers of all ages and experience levels to come together much like they did when the first pioneers arrived in the 1800s and began settling the prairie. The sounds of the fiddlers were often heard whenever homesteaders got together and those same sounds will be heard on May 25 at the Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival as music comes from both the stage and spontaneous jam sessions around the grounds!

 
 
A man wearing sunglasses and a ballcap plays the fiddle while a man in the background plays a guitar
A fiddler competes at the annual Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival.

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Schedule

10 a.m. Free Fiddling & Harmonica Workshops
12 p.m. Fiddling and Acoustic Band Competition


Competition

Fiddle a little or a lot? There are four different categories to compete for a portion of the $3,500 prize money donated by the Coffin Family Foundation:

  • Junior: For fiddlers who have played less than five years.

  • Senior: For fiddlers who have played for five years or more.

  • Legends: For fiddlers who have previously won First Place in the senior division.

  • Acoustic Band

Prize Money Awards

Legends Division Senior Division Junior Division Acoustic Band
1st Place- $400 1st Place- $350 1st Place- $300 1st Place- $400
2nd Place- $300 2nd Place- $250 2nd Place- $200 2nd Place- $300
3rd Place- $250 3rd Place- $200 3rd Place- $150 3rd Place- $250
 

Registration is free and contestants can register onsite the day of the event. Please review the Tallgrass Fiddle Festival rules ahead of time to ensure you are prepared.

 
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Thank You!


We would like to extend a special thank you to the sponsors of the Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival:

  • The Coffin Family Foundation
  • Humanities Nebraska
  • Friends of Homestead
  • Homestead Bookstores

Last updated: May 14, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

8523 West State Highway 4
Beatrice , NE 68310

Phone:

(402) 223-3514

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