BETHEL 1985
The first year
 
The first year of the Bethel festival and fiddle contest got us off to a great start. There was no music hall at the time and so we had borrowed the big checkerboard circus tent from Purina in St. Louis. A fine idea except that Saturday night one of the biggest deluges I've ever experienced in my life was upon us. Somehow we managed to keep the tent in one piece and the evening was a success.
 
       
Devil's Box Article on the
First Bethel Contest
Bethel Contest Poster
1985 Bethel Mailer
MSOTFA Quarterly 1985
Vol 3 No 2
Contest Registration Sheets
List of All Participants
Al Cooley Letter May-1985
 
Jack, John & Jason Shaw from Lincoln, NE
Jason was the youngest fiddler that year
and the Shaw's traveled the greatest distance.
 
Travis Inman, Taylor McBaine & Wes Brown
       
A lot of great musicians came out to support the event. Take a look at the registration sheet PDF above.
 
 
 
Open Division: Leroy Cannaday (Moberly), Rusty Rhodes (Morgan City, LA), John White (Hallsville), Bill Johnson (New Florence), Joel Chrisman (Laredo), Bob Hagan (Columbia), George Portz (O'Fallon), Spencer Galloway (Sturgeon), Jake Hockemeyer (Mokane), Mike Wells (Midway), John Shaw (Lincoln, NE), Kathie Portz (O'Fallon), Ray Lynn Wells (New Franklin), Musial Wolfe (Boonville)
 
Novelty Division: Leroy Cannaday (Moberly), Nile Wilson (Bucklin), Taylor McBaine (Columbia), Bill Johnson (New Florence), Frank Oltman (Hannibal), Bob Hagan (Columbia), George Portz (O'Fallon), Spencer Galloway (Sturgeon), Jake Hockemeyer (Mokane), Mike Wells (Midway), John Shaw (Lincoln, NE), Kathie Portz (O'Fallon), Ray Lynn Wells (New Franklin), Musial Wolfe (Boonville), Jason Shaw (Lincoln, NE), Joe Grable (Dearborn)
 
Junior Division: Jason Shaw (Lincoln, NE), Jason Portz (O'Fallon, IL)
 
Accompanists: Harry Carriker (Bucklin), Kathy Cadletz (Moberly), Floyd Kemp (Mexico), Ann Tate (Mexico), Jack Deck (Marshall), Mickey Soltys (Columbia), Dave Callahan (St. Louis), Eric Johnson (Bethel), Dave Dexheimer (Hannibal)
 
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