WESTMINSTER -- If you just can't get enough of that good ol' down-home bluegrass music, then the 48th annual Deer Creek Fiddlers' Convention II is just the thing for you.

This summer's second event will take place 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St.

Like the first convention June 9, this one will feature musicians from several states playing fiddles, banjos, mandolins, guitars, harmonicas and dobros. Groups and individual players will compete for $3,000 in cash prizes.

"It's a nice event,"said William R. Erb III, of Union Bridge. "There's constant jamming all day long, and you never know who you're going to meet. You meet all kinds of musicians."

Erb, 40, has been playing the resophonic guitar, more familiarly known as the dobro, for about five years. However, he said the instrument isn't really a Dobro.

"Dobro is the name brand," he explained. "You have different people making resophonicguitars, but the Dobro is probably more famous. I have a custom-madedobro that has a real good sound."

Erb took first place at the June convention in dobro. He also plays the mandolin and pedal steel guitar with the country band Bootleg, but didn't compete with those instruments.

"I usually sign up by myself, but this time maybe I'll play with another bluegrass band that called me," he said. "I don't really know them, but I expect it to be pretty good."

Winners receive ribbons and cash awards. Prizes are being donated for Saturday's event by Baltimore Bluegrass, Truevine Publications and Boe's Strings.

"I like the competition," Erb said. "It's fun and interesting to see who wins the different contests."

Preliminary competition runs throughout the day, with finals starting about 8 p.m. The Footloose Cloggers from Alexandria, Va., will take the stage at 3 and 7 p.m. to provide additional entertainment.

The museum will offer tours of its historic mansion, as well as artisans demonstrating 19th century crafts in the exhibit buildings.

Vendors will sell a variety of foods, from fried chicken and pit-beef to homemade baked goods, or you can bring your own picnic to enjoy under the trees while listening to the music.

Admission to the Farm Museum grounds for the conventionis $7 per adult, with children under 18 free when accompanied by an adult. No pets or alcoholic beverages are allowed.

And there's still time to sign up for the musical competition. Registration will be accepted 9 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, before the preliminary competition.

For information, call Dave Greene at (301) 435-0967, or Megan Shook at (301) 366-5092.

An article in yesterday's editions of the Carroll County Sun should have said the Deer Creek Fiddlers' Convention is 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday at the Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster.The Sun regrets the errors.
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