Bluegrass & Chili Festival
Celebrating its 38th year in 2017, Claremore’s Bluegrass and Chili Festival is set for September 7-9 on the grounds of the Claremore Expo Center. The weekend festivities will include 3 stages of free “pepper hot” concerts by regional and award winning national bluegrass music artists. Previous headliners include a host of award winners such as Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, Dailey and Vincent, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.
Claremore's Bluegrass and Chili Festival features top regional acts that will entertain on 3 stages performing a variety of music including country, gospel, bluegrass and classic rock. In 2013 performances included Heartland Xpress, Spring Street, Ben Neikirk and The Undecided Band, Common Tyme, Lauren Lee and Liberty Road, Roof Top Romeos, The Vikings, Sixx Gunn Hill, Bethany Grace and Gypsy Soul, and more.
In addition to the free concerts, other musical entertainment highlights include: The "Junior Showcase" this showcase is designed to give talented youth 21 and under stage exposure and experience in a non-competitive showcase. Youth receive a sponsor bag and by drawing, one will win a guitar. The Best Country In The City Vocalist Competition invites vocalists of any age to participate, applications are now available. Winner will be awarded a cash prize.
Dancers will "kick up their heels" during the festivities. Country dancers and cloggers will offer dance exhibitions and audience participation.
Claremore's Bluegrass and Chili Festival will SIZZLE with many other family activities. The Festival Market inside the Expo will include a wide variety of crafts, services and business showcase. Little buckaroos can find free activities at the Kiddie Korral.
The Open Car Show on Saturday will give festival attendees an opportunity to see classic and current beauties. All these family activities will add spice to the weekend of family fun!
Saturday features a favorite at Claremore's Bluegrass and Chili Festival - the Mid-America Regional Chili Cook-off and Salsa Competition. The International Chili Society Division winning cook will represent the Festival in the World Cook-off that boasts a $25,000 first prize. A non-profit division is open to non-profits, schools, churches etc. winner will receive $1,000 first prize. Open and corporate division teams will compete for awards and of course bragging rights! All teams will vie for booth decorations, showmanship and ham-manship honors. Festival attendees can also sample the award winning chili with an official taster kit!
Claremore's Bluegrass and Chili Festival opens at 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Saturday festivities are from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. On-site parking is $10 per car load. For additional information and applications contact Claremore's Bluegrass and Chili Festival by phone at 918-341-2818 or visit the Claremore Area Chamber of Commerce website.