Welcome, Attendees,Vendors, and Entertainers, to the Festival portion of the National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest & Festival!
Folks come to Weiser in June each year for many reasons. We try to offer events and activities for all ages and interests. Other organizations in town get involved providing fun activities as well. And local folks are famous for their Fiddle Week Yard Sales!
One of the most exciting duties I have as Director is arranging the entertainment on the stage at the City Park Stage, located next to the courthouse on Court Street between East 3rd and East 4th Streets.
We feature free, live, continuous entertainment at City Park Stage beginning at noon Tuesday June 20-Saturday June 24. Our vendors open at 10:00 a.m. each day and the music starts soon after.
We have great entertainers performing until around 9:00 pm during the week and a little later Friday and Saturday nights. Friday kicks off the Bluegrass music that we like to feature on Friday and Saturday.
There is lots to see and do in City Park Stage all week long. We have something for everyone in a grassy, family-friendly setting. We love to see the park full of happy faces. It is a great place to grab lunch or dinner, do some shopping, then find a shady place to set up your lawn-chair, relax, and enjoy the entertainment. You can also enjoy your favorite cold beverage at the Watering Hole Beer Garden.
There is no admission charge, but this year we are doing 50/50 drawings each day to help offset our costs and put some cash in the lucky daily winner’s pocket! It is challenging each year to fund the stage, sound equipment, insurance, special entertainment and activities, etc. We want to be able to continue providing this great part of the event at no cost to our attendees and you can show your appreciation and support of this event with your wristband purchase. Wristbands are only $5 and show others that you appreciate and support our hard work! Pick up your wristbands and (instrument raffle tickets!) at the Information Booth located near the restroom building at City Park. You must be present to win, but why wouldn’t you want to be?
I am always looking for family-friendly entertainment for our City Park Stage. We will start on Tuesday June 20 at noon and go until around 9:00 each evening during the week, and later on Friday and Saturday nights.
If you are an entertainer and would like to be considered for a slot on the stage, you can contact me by phone or email. I have one-hour and half-hour slots available. I appreciate a CD or video of your act if you have not been on our stage before, but that isn’t a prerequisite. Our goal is to provide quality family-friendly entertainment that makes our attendees want to linger. If you are unfamiliar with our event, please read the Attendees page for additional overview information. We are not able to offer compensation at this time, but you are welcome to sell CDs, downloads, T-shirts, etc.at the table provided for an hour after your performance.
I am accepting performer’s applications and you can download the entertainer’s packet that includes all the forms you will need to return to me for consideration. I like to have the schedule filled by May 15, so the earlier you apply, the better. We would like you to fill out the bio section as completely as space allows. It lets us and your audience know more about who you are and it really adds to the fun and interest. It is also a good place to “toot your own horn” and we see nothing wrong with that! (Do be honest, however!)
If you need more information, I am always happy to talk with you about our event, so feel free to call or e-mail me at the National Oldtime Fiddlers’ home office (208) 414-0255 or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to hearing from you!
There is always a need for volunteers at City Park and we welcome families, individuals or your organization to fill the time slots at the Information Booth, Wristband and Raffle Sales, Beer Garden (must be 21, please!) and to assist with the entertainment stage. Contact Sandra Cooper 208 414-0255 or email: email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering.
OTHER ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS:
The National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest at Weiser High School Auditorium June 19-24! See www.fiddlecontest.org
Banjo Contest June 17 & 18 in front of Beardsley Hall (on Paddock Avenue right next to the Snake River Heritage Center)
Instrument workshops presented by National Oldtime Fiddlers, Inc.at Weiser High School (See listings later when available)
Instrument workshops presented by Stickerville
Traditional Arts Workshops at Slocum Hall (2235 Paddock Ave.) presented by Weiser Traditional Arts Center
Carnival opens at Memorial Park on Wednesday June 21-June 24
Parade starts at NOON Saturday June 24.
Memorial Park Vendors and Entertainment presented by Xi Nu Sorority and Weiser Elks Lodge
Weiser Community Senior Center Breakfast daily
Stickerville Swing Dance at Snake River Heritage Center
(Additional activities will be posted as info is available)