Eleventh Annual Florida State Bluegrass State Championship drew thousands
of people to Auburndale this weekend.
the home of the championships, was filled with sounds and sights of
country bluegrass music.
festivities opened Friday night in City Park and lasted throughout
main instruments in bluegrass music are a basic five-string banjo,
mandolin, guitar, fiddle, bull bass, and dobro. There are typically
no electrical instruments in bluegrass bands The music Is considered
to be hard and fast-driving.
Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys were one of the original bluegrass bands
and are said to be responsible for the name "bluegrass" catching on.
music is referred to by some as hillbilly.
who enter the contest are said to play "hard-core" bluegrass music.
turn-out for the weekend was as good as we have had, 'Mr. Bluegrass'
Carl Allen said. 'The event seems to draw a lot of older people.
championship is announced all over the state at other bluegrass shows."
just keeps getting bigger and better. More people get interested every
year we had a tent for listeners to sit under. Rev. David Wine helped
us a lot. He lives in Eagle Lake and he is a tentmaker.
year we will have full meals available at the show."
show is purely for fun. It is not done to make money. I just like to
see people have a good time."
is a strong sense of family prevalent at the show. Whole families play
In bands and grandfathers and babies clog along with the music.
of the 1987 Florida State Bluegrass Championship are: Cross Country
Bluegrass Band, first place; Breakwater, second place; Bold City, third;
Joe Spaulding, best banjo player, and Bob Cogut, best fiddler.
festival was made possible by the, support of several sponsors who
provided prize money and equipment. They are: Scotty's; Mr Jim Sweet;
Guys Roofing; Sun Bank; Lynn Green; Sun Growers; Mr Vanwey; Commercial
Carrier; J. R. Mandish; Sterling Bank; Fields Equipment; Coca-Cola
Bottling; Tucker Construction; Polk Tractor; Don Cheek, Realtor; Bob
Dale Garage; Peebles; Preferred Products; Mrs Pelton's Pre-School;
Gann and Son lnc.; Dr. William Sterling; Mid-State Paving; David Wine;
Free Enterprise Installation; and Allens Historical Cafe.
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