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Beginnings of the Old Time Fiddle Festival

There are a couple of different stories about how the Payson Old Time Fiddle Festival was founded. As Jerry Floyd remembers it, it came about from impromptu jam sessions at the clubhouse at the KOA Campground on Highway 260, which was originally built by his parents, J.W. and Vertilee Floyd. “Mom would hear music coming from the campsites and went to investigate. Then she invited the musicians to come up to the building (club house) and play. Sometimes they’d play inside if the weather was bad, other times they’d play on the porch,” he said in an interview with the Roundup this week.


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