On May 17th the beautiful grounds of historic Jefferson College in Washington, Mississippi will come alive with the beautiful sounds of the fiddle. The Mississippi Fiddlers Association will host the First Annual Big Yam Potatoes Gathering on the old college grounds east of Natchez on Highway 61.
The event will feature fiddling contests starting at 9 a.m., and a dance called by Rhonda Turner featuring the music of Sound Wagon at 7:30 p.m. There is no admission charge. A five-dollar contestant fee is required to compete in the fiddling contest for each tune category. There will be a small ground stage with old-time groups performing throughout the day.
Talent will include Wild Fiddlin’ Jack Magee and Friends, the Mississippi Old Time Music Society and more. Primitive camping will be available Friday and Saturday nights. Although the only scheduled events are on Saturday, organizers expect fiddling to start on Friday and not end until Sunday.
For further information, visit the Great Big Yam Potatoes Gathering myspace site.
Illustration Sources: Mississippi Fiddlers Association Poster and Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division