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The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention is a five day music festival featuring performances by local and national acts, a rollicking square dance, open cabaret, and the illustrious stringband contest in venues throughout Berkeley.

The first stringband contest was held in Provo Park in 1968. It was called the 35th Annual. The following year the 17th Annual was held and 22nd Annual the year after that. These contests were put on by a loose-knit group of volunteers, musicians organizing a good time for themselves, other musicians and the public.

Notes by Rita Weill on the Berkeley Old Time Fiddler's Convention 1968-70 (Folkways LP "Berkeley Farms")

Winnie Winston's account of the 1968 Convention

Rolling Stones report on the 1968 Convention

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