Fiddler camp invades Wallowa

<p>Campers from as far away as Ohio and California enjoy shade made by large trees located between the Wallowa schools and Highway 82 during this week's fiddle camp that will end Friday.</p>

WALLOWA – One hundred thirty-two students and their families from as far away as Ohio currently are camped in front of Wallowa High and Grade schools while attending the Eighth Annual Wallowa Fiddle Tunes Camp being held July 9-13.

Ten instructors, in addition to fiddle lessons, are teaching classes on the mandolin, banjo, guitar, dancing, vocal harmony, Irish drumming, and more, says camp director Carla Arnold, of La Grande.

Three shows will be open to the public to illustrate what is being taught during a camp begun by Wallowa County resident Peter Donovan, who was camp director for the first seven years.

From 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday, instructors from the camp will share their skills at the gazebo on the grounds of the Wallowa County Courthouse, in Enterprise. At 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. that same night at the Beth Johnson Room, in the Wallowa grade school, all classes from the camp will stage a public concert of music they have learned.

The last event for the week-long camp will come at 2 p.m. Friday when, again in the Beth Johnson Room, students will stage a show & tell event for the public.

Dances are being taught at the camp by Larry Smith, of La Grande, and include circle, reel, and square dancing.

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