Grand Lake Festivals, Inc. met recently to continue the work in bringing three great festivals to the Grand Lake area this year. Director Kathleen Pixley, announced the dates for the 2009 Festival Series. The American Heritage Music Festival takes place June 11, 12, and 13, the popular Cajun Festival is set for July 4, and the Jana Jae Fiddle Camp and Music Fest is on Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 4, 5, and 6.
American Heritage Music Festival coordinators, Brad & Shirley Adams, encourage everyone to mark the annual "first full week of June" on the calendar for this very unique and fun-filled musical Festival, this year June 11, 12, and 13. This festival celebrates our American musical heritage with three stages of stellar entertainers and bands, as well as National Fiddle and Clogging competitions and workshops. The Grand Lake National Fiddle Contest is nationally certified by NOTFC, Weiser, Idaho and the Grand Lake National Clogging Contest is sanctioned by America’s Clogging Hall of Fame and the National Clogging and Hoe-down Council. Top prize for each contest is $1000. Cloggers and fiddlers from across the United States are getting their contest tunes and dances ready for this exciting weekend of contests and entertainment.
The public is invited to the Kick-off Party and Cook-Out at Snider’s Campground just south of Grove on Grand Lake O' the Cherokees on Thursday evening, June 11, and again on Friday, June 12, for another evening of delicious food and great entertainment. Admission to the campground entertainment is free, food is $8 plate. Great entertainment is being planned for the entire weekend with daytime events and the big June 13, Saturday night, concert to be held in the Grove Civic Center, and evening activities on Thursday and Friday nights at Snider’s Camp. Jana Jae and her family and friends will perform throughout the weekend in addition to other talented entertainers.
Friday, June 12, the fiddle contestants will begin competing with top-notch musicians all vying for monetary prizes. Cloggers will join the activities with workshops on Friday, and competitions beginning Saturday at 9 a.m. with dancers competing in many categories from Line Dance to Flatfoot Competition. Clogging contest coordinator, Lou Maiuri has many years of experience in directing the best contests in the country, bringing some of the top dancers to the Grand Lake area. Winners in both competitions will be featured at the Saturday night concert.
American Heritage Music Festival all event “Early Bird” passes are available until May 15. These may be purchased online at www.grandlakefestivals.com or by calling 918-786-8896. Tickets are also available at Gallery Southwest, 920 South Main in Grove. Early Bird all-event passes are only $10 for adults and $5 for students, but must be purchased by May 15 to take advantage of this special price. Full price all-event passes and individual daily tickets will be available at the door.
The July 4 Arts, Crafts, Music and Cajun Festival to be held at the Grove Civic Center is a gift to the public with free admission, wonderful Cajun food, Cajun music, and other entertainment.
The Jana Jae Fiddle Camp is scheduled for September 4, 5, & 6 featuring renowned musicians performing and teaching workshops, demonstrations and master classes.
Grand Lake Festivals, Inc. a non-profit organization is dedicated to bringing family entertainment to the Grand Lake area with the assistance of the Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Oklahoma Tourism, and many dedicated local and area sponsors. More information on all three festivals can be found at www.grandlakefestivals.com