Crockett hoping to keep World Championship Fiddlers Festival alive

Crockett hoping to keep World Championship Fiddlers Festival alive
Source: KTRE staff
Source: KTRE staff

CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - Fiddlers from across the state will show off their skills and keep a Texas tradition alive this weekend in Crockett.

This year marks the 78th annual World Championship Fiddlers Festival. The Festival lost it's backing from the Crockett Chamber of Commerce last year after several years of low turnout. A few residents did not want to see the day of good music, die so they decided to form a committee and bring it back.

Organizers said the festival is everything pure about Texas music.

"It's everywhere," said Festival Chairman Charles Arnold. "We just claim it as Texas Music. People played the fiddle at barn dances, gatherings and anything else that music was needed."

Arnold said the festival is perfect for a town named after Texas legend, Davy Crockett.

"Davy Crockett played it at The Alamo," Arnold said. "That's just lots of history."

For fiddlers, the festival is a way to connect to simpler times.

"People in this country used to entertain themselves and people don't do that anymore because of technology," said fiddler Lloyd Wright.

Wright said playing the fiddle means you have a connection to the past.

"I don't know if anyone knows how he played, but I can sort of imagine he sounded like this," Wright said. "This style of fiddlin' came from the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina."

The festival will take place at Davy Crockett Memorial Park on October 25. The festival begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m. Admission is free.

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