The 38th Annual Bluegrass & Chili Festival is set for September 7, 8 & 9th on the grounds of the Claremore Expo Center. The weekend festivities will include three stages of FREE “pepper hot” concerts by national and regional artists. Headliners scheduled to appear include a host of award winners including festival fan favorites Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out. Back by popular demand, The Cleverlys bring their comedy stylings and unusual style of grasshiphopfusion, which will leave you wanting more! Don’t miss RFD TV Hosts and newest members of the Grand Ole Opry, Dailey & Vincent* appearing on Saturday. Brand new to the Festival are the gospel favorites and Grammy nominees The Isaacs and IBMA nominees Volume Five. Add the bluegrass traditions of Edgar Loudermilk Band and the entertaining Dave Adkins Band, The Chapmans and bluegrass Italian style with the wonderful music from the international group Red Wine, and the music will sizzle!
Top regional bands will entertain on three stages performing a variety of music including country, gospel, bluegrass and classic rock and rhythm & blues. In addition to the free concerts, other musical entertainment highlights include: The “Junior Showcase”, designed to give talented youth 21 and under stage exposure and experience in a non-competitive atmosphere. An acoustic guitar will be awarded by a drawing of all the participants. “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. Don’t miss the opportunity to see some fancy dancin’ as dance groups “kick up their heels” during the festivities.
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 businesses. Little buckaroos can find free activities at the children’s Kiddie Korral. On Saturday, don’t miss the exciting Outhouse Races. Teams will vie for the golden seat and silver plunger award and bragging rights for the entire year! The Open Car Show will give festival attendees an opportunity to see classic and current beauties. All these family activities will add spice to the weekend of family fun!
Don’t miss the Mid-America Regional Chili Cook-off on Saturday the 9th. The International Chili Society Division winning cook will represent the Festival in the World Cook-off in Reno 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 compete for booth decorations, showmanship and the coveted ham-manship honors. Festival attendees can also sample the award-winning chili with an official taster kit on Saturday!
The Festival opens officially at 4:00p with the Festival Market; concerts begin at 6:30p on Thursday and Friday. Saturday festivities are from 11:00a-11:00p. For additional Festival information and contest 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 can be found at www.bluegrasschilifest.com or www.claremore.org or 918-341-2818.
No event admission fee. Convenient on-site parking only $10 per car load.
Festival major sponsors: City of Claremore, Big Country 99.5, KOTV The News on 6 and Claremore Chamber of Commerce.
*Dailey & Vincent concert is with the assistance of Oklahoma Arts Council & Art Works.