GROVE - Grand Lake Festivals Summer Festival Season opened with another very successful event.

Jana Jae and the American Heritage Music Festival staff and volunteers working beside the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce for their Toes in the Grand was a huge success. These events took place June 11—13 at Wolf Creek Park in Grove, Ok.

Kathleen Pixley, Executive Director of the American Heritage Music Festival said, “We are all so very pleased with the success of this year’s event. Working with the Chamber of Commerce staff and volunteers added a new excitement to the festival as everyone had a great time all 3 days. We had great entertainment throughout the event.”

Junior & Cathy Marriott of Ava, Missouri, Co-Chairs of the 2020 American Heritage Music Festival, brought top musicians from all over the country to Grove and are proud to announce top place prize winners of the Grand Lake National Fiddle Contest:

OPEN DIVISION – Grand Champion Maddie Denton, Murfreesboro, TN; 2nd Justin Branum, Murfreesboro, TN; 3rd Monte Gaylord, Oolagah, OK; 4th River Lee, Fayetteville, AR; 5th Junior Marriott, Ava, MO; 6th Zirl Hopkins, Spavinaw, OK; 7th Emma Pendleton, Tulsa, OK; 8th Baylee Sidden, Holt, MO.

JUNIOR DIVISION – 1ST Preston Marriott, Ava, MO; 2nd Orly Ryan, Rye, CO; 3rd Riley Buttress, Summersville, MO.

ADULT DIVISION – 1st Tanner Marriott, Ava, MO; 2nd Nate Jacobson, Blanco, TX; 3rd Eavia Ryan, Rye, CO.

SENIOR DIVISION – 1st Marcia Denton, Murfreesboro, TN; 2nd Babette Allen, Greenland, AR; 3rd Gerry Lay, Hominy, OK.

TWIN FIDDLE – 1st Tanner Marriott, Ava, MO & Monte Gaylord, Oolagah, OK; 2nd Baylee Sidden, Holt, MO & Justin Branum, Murfreesboro, TN; 3rd Aimee & McKenna Petersen, Fulshear, TX.

TAKE ME BACK TO TULSA – 1st Maddie Denton, Murfreesboro, TN; 2nd Monte Gaylord, Oolagah, OK; 3rd Zirl Hopkins, Spavinaw, OK.

HOT FIDDLE – 1st Maddie Denton, Murfreesboro, TN; 2nd Justin Branum, Murfreesboro, TN; 3rd Monte Gaylord, Oolagah, OK.

ACCOMPANIST – 1st Junior Marriott, Ava, MO; 2nd Nick Gillentine, Graham, TX; 3rd Angelica Branum, Murfreesboro, TN.

Awards included the following Certificates of Achievement: PT Riley Award for Outstanding Fiddler under 11- McKenna Petersen, Fulshear, TX; Ace Sewell Award for Outstanding Fiddler age 11-15 - Orly Ryan, Rye, CO; Ed Richmond Award for Outstanding Educator - Babette Allen, Greenland, AR; Jeanette Beyer Nottingham Award for Outstanding Young Woman Fiddler: Maddie Denton, Murfreesville, TN; Congeniality Award - Junior Marriott, Ava, MO; Jim Thompson Award for Outstanding Role Model - Junior Marriott, Ava, MO; Bill Kay Award for Outstanding Musician Other than Fiddler: Benjamin Farnum, Galena, MO.

July 4 is when the next Grand Lake Festivals event will be taking place. The Arts, Crafts, Music and Cajun Festival is from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Grove Civic Center. Mark your calendars and come in out of the heat to enjoy some Cajun style FUN including great Cajun music by Chris Miller and Bayou Roots as well as the Ragin’ Cajun, Doug Kershaw, back by popular demand, and popular vocalist Clint Walker.

Jana Jae, host of this event will also go Cajun as she hits the stage to perform with other musicians. There will be authentic Cajun food and many talented arts and craft vendors selling their beautiful works. Doors open at 9 a.m. for this $5 per person public event, everyone is invited to enjoy the day Cajun style.

About Grand Lake Festivals

Grand Lake Festivals thanks the local and area sponsors who help bring the American Heritage Music Festival in June, the Cajun Festival on July 4, and the Jana Jae Fiddle Camp & Music Fest on Labor Day weekend, to the Grand Lake area. These sponsors include the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Grove, Cherokee Nation Businesses, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma Film and Music, Grove Convention & Tourism Bureau, Cathy Schaefer with McGraw Realty, First National Bank, Herrelson Car Company, Grand Savings Bank, Grand River Abstract & Title Company, Bank of Grand Lake, Solow Ranch, Grand True Rental, Lungren Chevrolet, Cherokee Queen Motel, Jana Jae’s Gallery Southwest, Worley-Luginbuel and Snider’s Camp. Special thanks is also extended to the media and organizations helping to promote the events, including the Grove Sun and area newspapers, KGVE, FM99.5, KTUL, KVOO, KOTV, KODE, Okla Travelnet, Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, Video Revolution, and Photography by Kaylea Hutson-Miller. The American Heritage Music Festival is hosted by Grand Lake Festivals, Inc. with the assistance of the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the arts. For further information or participation, visit www.grandlakefestivals.com