COSHOCTON -- Coshocton County has been the host of the longest running heritage music festival in Ohio -- Coshocton Dulcimer Days. It is also the second oldest event of its kind in the United States.
This year marks the 39th year for this nationally significant Appalachian musical event, which will be held in Historic Roscoe Village on June 14-16. As part of the festival, the Mid-East Regional Dulcimer Championships are held and winning competitors at Coshocton's festival go on to compete in the national competition.
Visitors to the event will enjoy music vendors, raffles, artists' booths and traditional Appalachian music. Admission and parking are free.
Several music workshops at $15 each will be held throughout the weekend including classes on Mountain Dulcimer, Hammered Dulcimer, Guitar, Banjo, Flute, Penny Whistle, Auto Harp, Spoons, Mandolin, Bowed Psaltery, Harp, and Drumming. Pre-registration for the workshops is available atwww.CoshoctonDulcimerDays.com.
The Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival includes entertainment on Friday evening and throughout the day Saturday including performers Mark Wade, Sharon and Terry Kirby, Hunter Walker and Nathaniel Samsel, Michael Vickey, Paul Conrad, Emily Pritchard, Sarah Morgan, Jan Hammond, Jim and Kathy Vernon, Mark and Robin Thompson, Matthew Dickerson, Bill Schilling, Flo and Stan Hortz, and Bountiful Folk. Jam sessions also take place throughout the weekend.
The festival concert headliners are dulcimer players Bing Futch on Mountain Dulcimer and Dana Hamilton & David Lindsey on Hammered Dulcimers.
The headliner concert begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 at the Roscoe United Methodist Church. Admission is free to the concert but there will be a freewill offering.
An outdoor Gospel Sing/Church Service will be held on Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Warehouse Restaurant Garden Court. Also on Sunday, the Mid-East Regional Dulcimer Championships will take place beginning at noon. The winning competitors will then be eligible to compete in the National Competition in Winfield, Kansas.
The raffle items at the Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival include a Spinet Hammered Dulcimer from David's Dulcimers, an L02 Model Larrivee Guitar and case donated by Wildwood Music and Larrivee Guitars, a Mountain Dulcimer donated by Paul Conrad, and many more items.
Roscoe Village is a restored 1830s Canal Era town featuring shopping, dining, and history. The Roscoe Village Visitor Center is located at 600 North Whitewoman Street, Coshocton.
The Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival is sponsored by the Coshocton Music Corp., Roscoe Village Business Association, Central Ohio Technical College, and Roscoe Village Foundation.
For information about Coshocton Dulcimer Days, contact the Coshocton Visitors Bureau at 740-622-4877, 800-338-4724 or go to www.VisitCoshocton.com or find a complete schedule at www.CoshoctonDulcimerDays.com.