If you're looking to cut out of work a little early and unwind during a road trip, a quick jaunt to the National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest in Weiser might be just the midweek break you need.
The festival started June 20, and many people who make the trip to the tiny town make a mini-vacation of it and stay for the entire week, camping out in the field near the high school. But from Boise, it's close enough that the one-and-a-half-hour trek isn't a big deal.
The days starts off with the Junior-Junior Round 1 competition at 8 a.m., with other Junior and Small Fry rounds taking place throughout the day. The Small Fry and Junior-Junior Round 3 and Twin Fiddling contests start at 7:30 p.m. and are the final ones for the day. Competitions take place at the at Weiser High School, and one-day passes can be bought at the gymnasium door.
If hanging out in the gym isn't your thing, you can always catch one of the family friendly acts on the Bluegrass Village Stage. Take a lawn chair and pull up some shade in Weiser City Park to enjoy old-timey bluegrass music from the likes of Yvonne Clark and more at 6:30 p.m.
If you get there and decide to prolong your stay or plan to head back up for another day of fiddlin', visit weiserfestival.com for a complete list of events like a carnival, Bingo Hop and Ping Pong Drop, yard sales, car shows, bikers' rodeo and more.