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Duane Sherrill photos Former fiddling grand champion Ivy Phillips was not allowed to enter the fiddling championship this year because she had won it the past two years in a row. Instead she competed in numerous divisions including guitar,

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Rain didn’t put a dent in the 47th annual Fiddlers' Jamboree and Crafts Festival as a wet Friday gave way to a near perfect Saturday and a huge crowd that packed town square.

“It’s one of the biggest crowds I can recall in recent years of the Jamboree,” said County Mayor Tim Stribling as he looked out on the sea of people, thousands of whom filled Smithville Saturday.

The place was anything but packed Friday as a severe thunderstorm swept through town, pelting Jamboree goers with torrential rain and even hail. Mother Nature forced two delays in Friday ...

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