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Llano Fiddle Fest keeps Texas tradition in play

Artists perform during a past Llano Fiddle Fest. The 2023 event is March 31-April 2. File photo

Llano Fiddle Fest 2023 is around the corner, and there's a lot in store for the annual hoedown throwdown. Fiddlers of all ages will rosin up their bows to compete for top prizes in celebration of a Texas tradition.

The festival starts with a party at Llano Beer Company on Friday, March 31. Things get serious that Saturday with the 45th open fiddle contest at the John L. Kuykendall Event Center and Arena. Watch fiddlers face off in youth and legends categories, depending on age, as well as the big battle in the open division for a $1,000 prize.

Afterward, country artist Moe Bandy performs. Concert tickets may be purchased through the Llano Chamber of Commerce. All other Fiddle Fest events are free, including a cowboy breakfast and church service on Sunday morning at the JLK center with a performance by The Gimbles featuring 2020 Official Texas State Musician Emily Gimble.

Pull up your boots, put on your best buckle, and swing by for a toe-tappin’ Texas tradition. It's all for a good cause: Llano Fiddle Fest is a nonprofit organization that donates all proceeds to local charities


Friday, March 31

Llano Beer Company, 105 E. Main St. in Llano

6-9 p.m. — Kickoff party. Mingle with the musicians and get ready for the weekend. Special guests Paul Anastasio and Dick Gimble.

Saturday, April 1

JLK Event Center, 2200 RR 152 West in Llano

9-9:30 a.m. — Beginners showcase for fiddlers ages 12 and younger.

9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. — Open Fiddle Contest. Fiddlers can register for the competition starting at 8:30 a.m. Free to attend, but donations appreciated. Concessions will be available for purchase.

7:30-10:30 p.m. — Moe Bandy concert. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, 100 Train Station Drive, or by calling 325-247-5354.

Sunday, April 2

JLK Event Center, 2200 RR 152 West in Llano

9-11:30 a.m. — Sunday morning service with Amazing Grace Fiddles and a cowboy breakfast. Music by The Gimbles. Free to attend, but donations appreciated.

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