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Huff and Puff at the Yellow Pine Harmonica Contest

Friday, Aug. 5-Sunday, Aug. 7

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Yellow Pine has a full-time population hovering around 40 people. But on the first weekend in August, the town will host more than 2,000 people for the 22nd annual Harmonica Contest and Festival.

This weekend, get your Hohner out and head north to the "harmonica capital of the Western world." Professional musician George Miklas from Mercer, Pennsylvania and New York area jazz harmonica player Chris Bauer will be on hand as judges as well as entertainers. Contests begin on Saturday morning with the youth, diatonic, chromatic and group divisions. Open-mic sessions and Saturday's crowd-pleaser contest are open for all to join in on the fun.

If Fido is feeling a little left out for lack of harmonica-playing ability, fear not. This year also brings a festival dog show. Pooches will be judged by biggest, smallest, oldest, youngest, best dog trick and the dog that traveled the farthest.

If you haven't arranged lodging but still plan to attend, be ready to camp. Forest Service campgrounds are available and unimproved campsites will be up for grabs on the golf course. Food and drink vendors will be set up on Main Street ready to fill your belly while the music fills your ears.

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