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Granville Hosts Bluegrass Festival & Fiddle Competition

The Annual Uncle Jimmy Thompson Bluegrass Festival is scheduled as part of the 25th Annual Granville Heritage Day on May 25th.  The festival honors the memory of Uncle Jimmy Thompson of the Granville Community who was the first performer on the Grand Ole Opry some 99 years ago.  Uncle Jimmy was known for his fiddle playing, and this festival incorporates the Grand Champion Fiddle Competition as a part of the celebration.

Musicians for the competition will register for the event from 10:00 am until 11:00 am at the Pruett Stage in Granville. Registration fee is $5.00. The competition will begin at 12:30 pm.

Each contestant will perform three songs: a breakdown, waltz and fiddler's choice.  There is a Youth Division and Adult Division with three winners in each division.  The First Place cash prize is $225.00, Second Place $175.00 and Third Place $125.00.  First place winners in Adult and Youth Divisions will be brought back for a “Fiddle Off” performing a waltz and breakdown.  The Uncle Jimmy Thompson Grand Champion Fiddle Player will be selected from the two.  The Grand Champion will have opportunity to play on the outside stage this summer at the Ryman Auditorium.   For more information call Jimmy Bilbrey 931-510-7770


The Bluegrass Festival will also feature a full day of Bluegrass Music and Clogging with the following schedule: Evermean Evergreen Cloggers will perform at 9:30 am and

1:45 pm; One Way Out Band will perform at 10:15 and 2:15; Conspiracy To Kill a Possum will perform at 11:15 and 3:00 pm, and Craig Morris & King Cotton will perform at 4:00 pm.

The Evermean Evergreen Cloggers and One Way Out Bluegrass Band will be honored this year for providing 25 years of entertainment to Granville. 

The Sutton Ole Time Music Hour will host a dinner show at T. B. Sutton General Store. A down-home southern meal will be served at 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm with live bluegrass music by Craig Morris & King Cotton. A warm-up show will begin at 6:00 pm with recorded performance beginning at 7:00 pm. Reservations are required, and tickets may be purchased at or by calling 931-653-4151. 


Granville's Heritage Day has provided a full day of great activities and entertainment for 25 years. The event is most known for its annual Antique Car & Tractor Show. The car show competition has 62 classes of antique cars with over 300 entries each year.  The Tractor & Engine Show is a great display with special awards in numerous categories.  Heritage Day is a fun day for all ages in a town of yesteryear featuring children rides, petting zoo, carriage rides, children's train rides, a magician, and ventriloquist, Ten Granville venues are open for touring along with craft booths and great shopping at local shops. A $7.00 Festival Admission and $5.00 Parking Fee will provide access to all entertainment and locations.  

Naomi Brown performs in 2023 Fiddle Competition at Uncle Jimmy Thompson Bluegrass Festival

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