Portz to hold 38th annual Fiddle Contest and Bluegrass Show

Last year, George Portz played a tune with the 37th Annual Fiddle Contest Grand Champion, 13-year-old Deven Mahale from St. Louis. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

O’FALLON – George Portz will be hosting his 38th Annual Fiddle Contest and Bluegrass Show at the KC Hall in O’Fallon IL on Saturday, April 8.

The Thunder & Lightning Cloggers and Harmonica Champion Matt McElroy will open the show at 5 p.m. The fiddlers contest begins at 6 p.m. and is also known as the “contest of champions” as 18 past champions and place winners have gone on to perform on WSM’s Grand Ole Opry. Grammy Award Winner, Alison Krauss won the 1982 contest.

A full bluegrass and country music show featuring the Friends of Bluegrass will begin at 8:30 p.m. and will be followed by the Contest Awards at 9:30 p.m.

Full dinners, sandwiches, and desserts are served all evening. The KC Hall is located at 402 East HWY 50 across from the O’Fallon City Park. Admission is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children.

For more information, please call (618) 632-1384.