The Round Up Boys, a Western swing band that has been performing the music of Bob Wills for the past 25 years, will perform with 14-year-old fiddling sensation Jake Duncan on Saturday morning at Circle E Western Wear during National Day of the Cowboy festivities.

Oklahoma Invasion

Sulphur Springs will be swingin' Saturday on the National Day of the Cowboy, thanks to a cavalcade of music from north of the Red River

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

July 23, 2008 - It's lining up to be an Oklahoma talent calvacade when the National Day of the Cowboy is celebrated in Sulphur Springs this weekend.

A Western swing band from Tulsa and 14-year-old fiddling sensation Jake Duncan from Jenks, who already has one national title, will perform during Saturday's festivities.

The Round Up Boys, featuring Duncan, will entertain the crowd from 9 a.m. until noon this Saturday, July 26, at Circle E Western Wear.

In 2006, Jake Duncan, now 14, became the youngest person to win the National Fiddling Championships.

The Round Up Boys, whose members range in age from 58 to 62, have been performing the music of Bob Wills for the past 25 years. The six-piece band features a guitar, bass, piano, drummer, steel guitar, fiddler and lead singer. The group won the Tulsa World's "Spot Award" for favorite cowboy act in 2003 and 2004.

Duncan has racked up an impressive number of awards since he picked up the fiddle at age 10. In 2006, Duncan became the youngest fiddler to win the National Fiddling Championships, and is the youngest person to perform at historic Cain's Ballroom, home of Bob Wills. Duncan, whose hobbies beyond fiddling include basketball, drawing and playing video games, is also the reigning Oklahoma Junior State Champion fiddler.

According to Enola Gay, organizer of the local National Day of the Cowboy, the event will kick off with a free cowboy breakfast at 8 a.m. Also included in the day's activities is Joe Green, a cowboy musician and poet. Green was the pre-movie entertainment last Friday night at the "Free Movie Night" sponsored by the Sulphur Springs Downtown Business Alliance and the city's tourism committe on the downtown square.

The Oklahoma musicians won't end their act in Hopkins County with the morning activities, however. On Saturday night at 7 o'clock, both the Round Up Boys and Jake Duncan will be featured entertainers at the Reilly Springs Jamboree. Tickets for the Jamboree are $5 and will be available at the door.

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