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News Release Date: August 1, 2018

Contact: John Reddick

LOWELL, MA-  Bust out your banjos, flex your fiddles, and  come hang out at Boarding House Park for a day of traditional music and family fun. The Banjo & Fiddle Contest celebrates its 38th event on September 8, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The event is free for contestants, as well as all traditional music fans who’d like to come and listen. Never been to a banjo and fiddle contest before? Bring your lawn chairs and settle in to watch the friendly competition and get in touch with our country’s musical roots.

At Lowell National Historical Park, we honor the connections between past and present. At the Banjo & Fiddle Contest, we invite you to come celebrate musical heritage. The repertoire of tunes played during the Contest is what folklorists refer to as traditional music—music practiced by groups of people who share a common ethnic heritage, geographic region, or way of life. Tunes are shared within families and communities and are passed on over generations.

The fun starts at 10 a.m.! We'll have music workshops and jam sessions from 10 a.m.-noon and then a whole afternoon full of music and community. Parents arriving early should consider taking a free trolley ride at 10 a.m. from the visitor center, visiting the family corner at the visitor center, and the Boott Cotton Mills Museum where kids can pick up a Jr. Ranger activity book. Then from 1-3 p.m. at the contest site, there will be a kids’ craft activity with park rangers.

10 a.m.-11 a.m. - Free Banjo & Fiddle Workshops
11 a.m.-12 a.m. - Organized Jam Sessions
11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Registration
12 p.m.-5:30 p.m. - Banjo & Fiddle Contest
1 p.m.- 3 p.m. - Kids' Activities

5:30 p.m.-6 p.m. - Judges Tally Final Scores & Prizes Awarded

Rain Location: Lowell High School Auditorium, 50 Fr. Morrissette Blvd., across the street from Boarding House Park. Visit us at www.nps.gov/lowe/. Free parking is available at the Visitor Center parking lot at 304 Dutton Street (about a 10 minute walk to Boardinghouse Park). Paid parking is available in the city garage at the corner of French and John Streets, directly across the street from Boardinghouse Park.

To learn more about this and other park offerings, including the Junior Ranger program, Boott Cotton Mills Museum, Mill Girls and Immigrants Exhibit, ranger-led tours, and upcoming special events stop by the Visitor Center at 246 Market Street, or contact Lowell National Historical Park at (978) 970-5000, or visit www.nps.gov/lowe .



Last updated: August 1, 2018

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