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August 23, 2010

Bluegrass & Chili Fest headliners announced

CLAREMORE — The 31st Annual Bluegrass & Chili Festival is set for September 9, 10 and 11 on the grounds of the Claremore Expo Center.

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 and 2010 International Bluegrass Music Association nominees.

Thursday night line-up includes: Newfound Road and appearing for the first time at the festival will be special guests Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys the legends of western swing with Tommy Allsup and Leon Rausch.

Friday’s line-up includes, the award winning Grascals bluegrass super group who just finished a tour with Hank Williams Jr. and IBMA Award winners Dailey & Vincent. Saturday headliners include Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, festival favorites Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, IIIrd Tyme Out and making their first group appearance at the Festival, Grasstowne.

Top regional acts on three stages performing a variety of music including country, gospel, bluegrass and classic rock to date include: Heartland Xpress, Spring Street, Sixx Gunn Hill, The Vikings, Common Tyme, Pat Quick & The Travelers, Immersed, Stealin’ Country, Charis Music Studio, Vintage Wildflowers, Rising Creek, Oklahoma Grass Roots Music Association Reunion, and many more.

A complete line-up will be posted and updated as artists are confirmed on www.claremore.org.

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 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.

Don’t miss the Mid-America Regional Chili Cook-off and Salsa Competition.

The International Chili Society Division winning cook will represent the Festival in the World Cook-off that boasts a $25,000 first prize.

A non-profit division is open to non-profits, schools, churches etc. winner will receive $1,000 first prize. Open and corporate division teams will compete for awards and of course bragging rights.

All teams will vie for booth decorations, showmanship and ham-manship honors. Festival attendees can also sample the award winning chili with an official taster kit.

Festival opens at 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Saturday festivities are from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

For Festival information and applications contact: Bluegrass & Chili Festival, Claremore Chamber at 419 W. Will Rogers, Claremore, Okla. 74017.  

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