2015 Jamboree is History!

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Thank you for joining us for the 44th Annual Jamboree!  To help plan next year’s event, please visit our “Contact Us” page!

Free Concert Thursday night

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

The Picking Friends band will be performing a free concert in downtown Smithville on Thursday, July 2nd. The music will begin at 7:00 PM on the open-air stage located at the Joe L. and Ann S. Evins Park, across from the Smithville Post Office and Justin Potter Library. Picking Friends is a 5-member band comprised of talented musicians who love to perform a mix of traditional and gospel bluegrass. Band members Brian Anderson and Glenn Carpenter are from Watertown, TN and Shawn Frick, John Mason, and Glenn Moats are from Lebanon, TN. Picking Friends has performed all across the middle Tennessee area and into Virginia.  Bring a lawn chair, and enjoy the free show!

Sign up now for a 2015 Craft Booth

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Now is the time to reserve your craft booth spot at the 2015 Jamboree!  As long as space is available, we will be accepting applications.  We hope to see you on the square in Smithville July 3-4, 2015!

Craft Booth Space Available

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Do you have artwork or a craft that you would like to sell?  We have booth space available!  It is not too late to turn in an application. Visit the “Arts and Crafts” section of our website to find a Crafts Registration Form.  Contact us if you need additional information.  We hope to see you in Smithville!

What’s new for 2014

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Each year, we strive to make the Jamboree even better than ever.  This year we have changed the order of events:

1)  Flat Top Guitar has been moved to Saturday

2) Junior Fiddlers, Bluegrass Banjo, Contest Fiddle, and Flat Top Guitar will be held Saturday AFTER the Beginners Competition.

We hope that these changes are a benefit to our musicians.  Junior Fiddlers, you can sleep in a little on Saturday morning after a late night of competition!

New For 2013!

Friday, June 14th, 2013

In an effort to continue improving the Jamboree, the following changes have been made for 2013:

*  A new category has been added for Old-Time Appalachian Folksinging: Duet, Trio, and Quartet.
*  The Order of Events has changed:  Band categories have been moved to later in the day.
*  Junior and Senior Fiddlers will be asked to play two tunes in the Finals:  a waltz and a breakdown.
*  Old-Time Fiddle Bands and Bluegrass Bands will be asked to play two tunes in the Finals:  one with vocals and one instrumental only.
*  Five judges will score each music contestant, the high and low scores will be thrown out, and the remaining three scores will be used to determine the contestant’s final score.
*  Renowned flat-picker Roy Curry will serve as head music judge, and dance expert Jeff Driggs will serve as the head dance judge.

See our “Crafts” section for changes to the craft rules.

We hope these changes will benefit both the contestants and the audience, and help us achieve our mission to preserve and perpetuate Appalachian and Old-Time music and dance.  As always, if you have any questions, please contact us!

New Singing Category for 2013!

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

New Category added for 2013!  Old Time Appalachian Folk Singing:  Duo, Trio, or Quartet.  Open to all ages.  Find a friend and start practicing!

Craft Booth Changes

Friday, March 8th, 2013

New for 2013:  The Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree and Crafts Festival has made several changes to its craft booth rules.  First, we will allow homemade food items (including, but not limited to  jams, jellies, or ciders) that have been prepared in a commercially approved kitchen.  Please submit a copy of your proof of inspection when you turn in your Crafts Registration Form.  We do request that food items not be packaged for immediate, onsite consumption.

Second, the Jamboree will consider the addition of vendors who may sell or resell unique, cultural, or regional items, subject to the approval of the majority of the Board.  These booths will be located on a separate street from the handmade arts and crafts, and the booth fee will be $200.  These booths will not be eligible for the craft awards.

The Jamboree will also have a government related, informational booth section available.

If you have questions about any of the above changes, please feel free to contact us.  We look forward to working together to improve the quality and variety of unique, handmade artwork and crafts.

Help needed for the 2013 Jamboree!

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Join us now as we make plans for the 42nd Annual Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree and Crafts Festival!   This year we will be revisiting our contest rules and judging criteria, we will look at making changes to our food booth rules, and we will also investigate the possibility of bringing back the Community Chorus.  If you would like to help in one of these areas, or if there is another area that interests you, please let us know!

Contestant Rule Changes

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

This year, in an effort to ever improve the Jamboree, we made several changes to the Contestant Rules.  One change we made was to define the Youth Square Dance average age as 12 or under.  We are now modifying this to say “Average age of 7 of the 8 members must be 16 or under.”  We hope that this will still preserve the “youth” aspect of the category but allow for an older (or shall we say, “wiser”) dance leader to keep those little feet stomping where they are supposed to stomp.

A summary of the other rule changes is as follows:

1)  Appalachian Folk Singing, Solo/Duet:  You may compete once as a soloist and once as part of a duet.  This is the only category in which you may compete twice.

2) Performers in individual instrument categories may not be accompanied by an instrument of the same type (except for Flat Top Guitar).

3) Youth Square Dancing:   Time will begin when dancers begin to dance in unison.

4) Square Dancing:  Time will begin when dancers begin to dance in unison.

5) Old Time Fiddle Band:  You may only compete in one band.

6) Gospel singing duet, trio, or quartet:  You may only compete in this category once.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us!