The Dillon Junior Fiddlers will play during the Broadwater County rodeo parade and at the barbeque Sunday August 05. The barbeque begins at 11am at Memorial Park across from the court house in Townsend. The parade is at noon.

The Junior Fiddlers is a well known group of young musicians originally organized in 1982 by Sandy and Jean James and the late Hal Amundsen of Townsend. The group performs throughout Montana and was featured at the International Youth Music Festival in Kumamoto, Japan. They have played in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Jamestown Virginia. They have provided openers for Riders in the Sky, Lone Star, Ian Tyson and Patsy Montana among others. The An Ri ara Irish Festival in Butte is a favorite venue of the group.

Current members’ ages range from 5 to 17. Each plays fiddle and some of the group also play mandolin, guitar, cello and bass. A few also play piano. Several individuals of the group have gone on to have musical careers in performance and music education. Some individuals have earned awards as state fiddle champions and national title holders through the years.

The group along with their adult accompanists Wayne Carlson, Larry Yuhas, Alice Gilbert, Sandy and Jean James, hosts the annual Dillon Fiddle Contest. The contest brings musicians from all over the western states to compete and enjoy music in a multigenerational atmosphere. Sandy James is an accomplished song writer and has been featured in a Montana Public Radio special. He and Jean have led the group for the last 35 years.

The youth music group is hosted by Broadwater Health Center Auxiliary. Auxiliary members will be serving the barbeque as a community spirit endeavor. The dinner continues through the parade until 2:00pm. Cost is $10 per plate. All proceeds will go to buying supplies and equipment for the long term residents at the hospital, and for needed hospital equipment.