Claremore, OK -- The 33rd Annual Bluegrass & Chili Festival is set for September 6th through 8th on the grounds of the Claremore Expo Center. The weekend festivities will include three stages of free “pepper hot” concerts by regional and award winning national bluegrass music artists. Headliners scheduled to appear include a host of award winners including Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Dailey & Vincent, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. Marty Stuart & The Fabulous superlatives help get things going Thursday night.
The talent scheduled to appear throughout the festival begins with the Thursday night line-up of country superstar, historian and RFD TV music host Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives and the award winning bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent. Friday’s line-up includes: CMA, IBMA and Grammy award winning Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. Saturday headliners include Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, festival favorites Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and IIIrd Tyme Out.
Top regional acts will entertain on three stages performing a variety of music including country, gospel, bluegrass and classic rock. Performers scheduled to appear Heartland Xpress, Spring Street, Ben Neikirk & The Undecided Band, Common Tyme, Lauren Lee & Liberty Road, Roof Top Romeos, The Vikings, Sixx Gunn Hill, Bethany Grace & Gypsy Soul, and more. Entertainment line-up and schedule info 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 many 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 4:00pm on Thursday & Friday. Saturday festivities from 11:00am-11:00pm. On-site parking $10 per car load. For additional Festival information and applications contact: Bluegrass & Chili Festival, Claremore Chamber at 419 W. Will Rogers, Claremore, OK 74017. Hotel information, festival updates and a complete list of festival partners at www.claremore.org or 918-341-2818.