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Colorado's Only Old-Time Music Festival June 1-3, 2012

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Rocky Mountain Old-Time Music Festival 2012Lyons, Colo.—The third annual Rocky Mountain Old-Time Music Festival will be held June 1st through 3rd at Parrish Ranch in Berthoud, Colorado. The festival will showcase national, regional and local performers, square dances, jamming, music and dance workshops and kids' performances/activities, with camping all weekend. The festival is sponsored by the Central Rockies Old-Time Music Association (CROMA).

Traditional Missouri fiddler Vesta Johnson, performing with her grandson Steve Hall, will headline the festival. Vesta is a former Missouri State Fiddle Champion and plays many tunes in the Ozark style. Originally from rural Missouri but now living near St. Louis, Vesta has been playing fiddle for over 80 of her 90 years and is a treasure trove of both common and rarely heard Missouri tunes. She will also teach a fiddle workshop.

Gates open 12:00 p.m. Friday, June 1, for camping/jamming with a pot-luck and local showcases at 6:00 p.m. There is a square dance 8:00-11:00 p.m. On Saturday, June 2, music/dance workshops, jamming, kids' programs and pie contest go all day long, 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., with performances from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Saturday night square dance starts at 8:00 p.m. Sunday ranch breakfast and jamming starts at 10:00 a.m. Find a schedule and camping details at

Old-Time Music grew organically from rural traditions in the Southern Appalachians and the Midwest. Musical traditions and square dancing traveled with settlers who came West, and subsequently took root in mining
camps and settlements throughout Colorado, Wyoming, and the intermountain West.
Predating bluegrass, old-time music features fiddle and banjo tunes for dancing, listening and singing. For all ages, old-time music is played by string bands, solo performers and socially in jams.

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