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(From left) Competitors in the open division of the Jake Hockemeyer Memorial Old Time Fiddler’s Contest were Richard Shewmaker of Columbia, Joanna Coleman of Schell City, Kathy Summers of Bourbon, Zach Benson of Schell City, Sadie Curry of Columbia, Andrew Coleman of Schell City, Ashley Monasmith of Pacific and Lynn Wells (with his grandson) of Boonsboro. This year’s contest will start at 3 p.m. on Sept. 4. There are $800 in cash prizes up for grabs, with a $20 show-up fee for all fiddlers who do not place in money.

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Fiddling has been a source of entertainment in Callaway County for generations, and if participation in last year’s Jake Hockemeyer Memorial Old Time Fiddler’s Contest is any indication, it will continue to be for at least one more to come.


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