The 12th Annual Charlie Poole Music Festival had to be the best yet. The highlight was unquestionably the Carolina Chocolate Drops, who had a sizeable crowd of Piedmonters slidin’ their lawn chairs to the front and buck dancin’ like nobody’s business.

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The second year into a revised format which features camping, parking lot picking, and some of the finest contest fare since the 1920s, the Poole festival did not disappoint. Expect more of the same next year. For info on next year’s festival, go to Charlie Poole Music Festival.  All festival photos credited to Dan Peck.

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The Twelfth Annual Charlie Poole Music Festival is scheduled for June 8-10, 2007 at the Eden Fairgrounds on Oakland Avenue/Old Hwy 87 in Eden, North Carolina. Friday evening’s concert features the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Uncle Earl, No Speed Limit, Skyline Drive and others.

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Competitions are scheduled all day Saturday, with Wayne Henderson in concert in the evening. Contests include Junior and Senior divisions vying for $5000 in cash prizes and ribbons in old-time and bluegrass fiddle, flatpick and fingerstyle guitar, clawhammer and bluegrass banjo, bluegrass and old-time band, best rendition of a Charlie Poole song, duet singing, and $500 grand prize for old-time three-finger banjo.

On Sunday, there will be guided tours of Charlie Poole’s hometown, historic Eden.

Campers and RVs welcome. Food and other vendors.

For further information go to Charlie Poole Music Festival call 336-623-3128 or 336-627-0375.