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Llano Fiddle Fest in new location April 3

Llano Fiddle Fest is April 3 at the John L. Kuykendall Event Center. File photo

The annual Llano Fiddle Fest is making a comeback this weekend after being canceled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 43rd Llano Open Fiddle Contest is 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at the John L. Kuykendall Center, 2200 RR 152 West in Llano.

Festival organizers decided in January to move the competition from its usual location, the Lantex Theater, to the event center to allow for social distancing, co-chair Lauri Ramsey said.

Although downsized from the usual three-day spectacle to one day, the festival will host fiddlers in youth, senior, open, and accompanist divisions as they compete for a $1,000 grand prize. The competition is free to the public.

Ramsey said organizers plan to resume the normal, three-day schedule in 2022.

Following the competition, The Quebe Sisters, a popular fiddling group, will perform at 7 p.m. The concert is a ticketed event. Those planning to attend can purchase tickets by calling the Llano Chamber of Commerce at 325-247-5354.

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