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August 31, 2012

Annual Bluegrass & Chili Festival coming Sept. 6-8

CLAREMORE — The 33rd Annual Bluegrass & Chili Festival is set for Sept. 6-8 on the grounds of the Claremore Expo Center. 

The weekend festivities will include three stages of free “pepper hot” concerts by national and regional artists.  
Headliners scheduled to appear include a host of award winners.  Thursday night line-up includes country superstar and historian Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives and the award winning Dailey & Vincent.    
Friday’s line-up includes: CMA, IBMA and Grammy award winning Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder.  Saturday headliners include Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, festival favorites Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and IIIrd Tyme Out.  Top regional acts will entertain on three stages performing a variety of music including country, gospel, bluegrass and classic rock.   Watch for the complete line-up and schedule will be posted on  
In addition to the free concerts, other musical entertainment highlights include: The “Junior Showcase” this showcase is designed to give talented youth 21 and under stage exposure and experience in a non-competitive showcase.  Youth receive a sponsor bag and by drawing one will win a guitar.  
“The Best Country In The City Vocalist Competition invites vocalists of any age to participate, applications are now available.  Winner will be awarded a cash prize.  Dancers will “kick up their heels” during the festivities.  Country dancers and cloggers will offer dance exhibitions and audience participation.
The Bluegrass & Chili Festival will sizzle with many other family activities. The Festival Market inside the Expo will include a wide variety of crafts, services and business showcase.  
Little buckaroos can find free activities at the Kiddie Korral.  
The Open Car Show will give festival attendees an opportunity to see classic and current beauties and you don’t want to miss the Antique Tractor Pull.   All these family activities will add spice to the weekend of family fun.   

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