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Musicians gather for a jam session in South Park during the 40th Kansas State Violin and Gathering Championships on Sunday, August 22, 2021.

The Kansas State Fiddling and Gathering Championships returned to Lawrence this weekend, culminating with a slew of performances and contests Sunday in South Park for its 40th annual celebration.

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Lucy Buckland, 3, right, and her mother, Alyssa Buckland, Lawrence, watch different activities in South Park during the 40th Kansas State Fiddle and Gathering Championships on Sunday, August 22, 2021.

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A mask hangs from the guitar of a participant in the Miscellaneous Instrument Competition at the 40th Kansas State Fiddle and Gathering Championships on Sunday, August 22, 2021, in South Park.

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Evan Ogborn, Wichita, reviews the pieces before entering the mandolin competition at the 40th Kansas State Violin and Picking Championships on Sunday, August 22, 2021 in South Park. Ogborn is a member of the group Pretend Friend, which will be one of the featured groups at this year’s Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield from September 16-19.

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Skinny Webb, Omaha, Neb., Rehearses tunes on his guitar before taking the stage in the Flat Guitar Competition at the 40th Kansas State Fiddler and Gathering Championships on Sunday, August 22, 2021, in South Park.

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Jim Pikaart, Pentwater, Mich., Waits behind the competition stage to participate in the open violin competition at the 40th Kansas State Fiddling and Gathering Championships on Sunday, August 22, 2021, in South Park. Pikaart is a former resident of Lawrence.

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Edith Sigler participates in the open violin competition at the 40th Kansas State Fiddling and Gathering Championships on Sunday, August 22, 2021 in South Park.

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Ru Yother, Lawrence, competes in the Youth Violin Competition at the 40th Kansas State Fiddling and Gathering Championships on Sunday, August 22, 2021 in South Park.

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Members of the public at the 40th Kansas State Fiddling and Gathering Championships, Sunday, August 22, 2021, in South Park watch the competition performers on stage during the Youth Violin Competition. Quilts prevent contest judges from seeing contest entrants.

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Wakarusa Roundabouts play a fast fiddling tune during their concert at the 40th Kansas State Fiddler and Gathering Championships on Sunday, August 22, 2021 in South Park. From left to right, Jeanie Wells, Kit Cole, Trey Durkin, Virginia Musser and Matt Kappenman.

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Levi Platt, 2, enjoys a short toss in the air as he and his father, Alex Platt, Lawrence, listen to music at the 40th Kansas State Fiddle and Picking Championships on Sunday 22 August 2021 in South Park.

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In the shade of the trees of South Park, a crowd attends a concert by Spencer and Rains, far right, at the 40th Kansas State Fiddle and Gathering Championships on Sunday, August 22, 2021.

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Jim Krause, Lawrence, warms up for the finger style contest at the 40th Kansas State Fiddling and Gathering Championships on Sunday, August 22, 2021, in South Park.