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    The Arts Council of Southern Indiana will sponsor a Fiddle Fest at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 12 during New Albany’s Harvest Homecoming. The contest, with cash prizes, will be held on the stage at Market and State streets. The categories, divided by age, are: Under 13; 13 -18; and 18+. There will also be a non-violin open class (bass, viola, cello, etc.). Competitors will be expected three songs by memory including a hoedown, waltz, and song of choice. Contestants may play without accompaniment or with not more than three accompanists. The contestant must lead at all times; accompanists may not play the melody. For more details on rules or how the contest work contact Anna Blanton.

    To take advantage of early bird registration, competitors should send a $5 entry fee along with name, contact information, instrument and birth date to: The Arts Council of Southern Indiana, 820 E. Market St., New Albany IN 47150. The Deadline for early registration is October 1. After October 1st, the entry fee will increase to $10. Make checks payable to: Arts Council of Southern Indiana.

    The judges are Emily Poe (past violinist for Taylor Swift), Rachel Blanton (renowned Irish fiddler in the Kentuckiana area), and Doug Elmore (jazz bassist and acclaimed high school orchestra director).

    If you have any questions, please contact Anna Blanton at 812-786-2892.

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    About Anna Blanton

    Anna Blanton holds a Bachelors of Arts in Music (violin) and a Minor in Marketing from the University of Louisville. Anna currently plays with the Paducah Symphony, Southern Sirens, and The Porch Possums. She is also organizes the backup string section for the Beatles festival, Abbey Road on the River.

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