I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation for the folks who hosted the 2001 String Fling!
For those who are unfamiliar with this endeavor, let me explain that it is a contest that follows the rules of the National Old Time Fiddlers Association. Not only are there fiddlers of all ages competing for trophies and prize money, there is also a picking contest and a band scramble where a mix of musicians' names are pulled out of a hat and then expected to perform as groups. What fun! What a lot of work!
This is the second year this event has been held and the second year I have brought my son to compete. It is a long drive (with the pileup in Cajon Pass this year, it took nine hours to get to El Centro), but it was definitely worth it! The facility at the fairgrounds was very nice, with ample seating and lighting — I would especially like to point out that the sound system was awesome! This was a huge task to pull off and everyone involved deserves many thanks, especially those who donated freely of their time and money.