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Changes for Fiddle Fest next year

Gene Still

The Carman Fiddle Festival has come and gone for a 25th year.

And organizers are looking at making some changes for next summer's festival.

"Our crowds [this year] were down a little," said Irene Stevenson who along with husband Larry, are two of the main organizers and promoters of the annual event.

She said the fiddle fest committee was planning to meet in the "very near future" to discuss ideas to help further boost the popularity of the festival.

"We're going to be looking at revamping things," Stevenson said. "Things change after 25 years and we're going to be considering different options."

However, Stevenson did not elaborate on what changes they were considering.

The Stevensons have been involved with the fiddle fest since it was founded 25 years ago by the late Winston Simpson.

They said the fiddle fest is an event that also serves as another way to help promote the community and attract business via tourism and entertainment for area residents. It features fiddle musical entertainment, dancing, meals and fiddle competitions for various classes of all ages.

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