The 43rd annual Roxbury Pickin’ & Fiddlin’ Contest will be held July 8 at 2 p.m.

A rain date of July 9 at noon is set for the event to be held at Hurlbut Park on Apple Lane.

The contest is sponsored by the Roxbury Volunteer Fire Department.

Contestant registration will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Musical categories include old-time fiddle, old-time banjo, mandolin, trick and fancy fiddle, finger-picking and flat-picking guitar, bluegrass banjo and band playoff.

Bands will be interspersed between categories.

Prizes will total more than $3,400. Prize money will be donated by Union Savings Bank and local sponsors.

Admission is $10. Children under 10 will be admitted for free.

Patrons are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets, picnics and beverages. Food, refreshments and crafts will be available for purchase.

Dogs are not allowed.

For more information, call 860-354-5921 or visit