On Saturday evening, February 19, the Music Hall and Byron Berline's Band played host to another sold-out Fiddlefest show. The evening began with a warm-up by Byron's band, then on came some of Jim Garling and Greg Burgess' more advanced students. They were followed by octogenarian John Nickel of Ark City, Kansas, Jack Theobald & Fred Morton from Kansas and Arkansas respectively, then the set closed with Buster and Betty Jenkins from Ottawa, Kansas. The Music Hall audiences always enjoy Buster's expert fiddling and home-spun humor.
After an intermission of cookies and cakes, coffee and sodas, and general mingling and good times, the second set began with the Hunt family from Stillwater, Ok. Andrew, 13, and Jonathon10, are very talented youngsters that have been gently supported and encouraged by their parents, Terry & Leann. We enjoy having them perform on our stage often. They were followed by Betty Babcock (21) from Lawton, Ok., Lauren Lee, 20, from Holdenville, Ok., and a finale which featured all the fiddlers that we could fit on the stage. Ragtime Annie and Faded Love were played by our large contingent of fiddlers. As always, the crowd seemed thoroughly entertained, but the most fun was enjoyed by the fiddlers, young and old.