Elgia Hickok

Gene Cox

   The Original Dulcimer Players Club was founded in 1963 by hammer dulcimer players Gene  Cox and Elgia Hickok.
Meetings held in the early years would bring less than twenty players  from a region near Evart, Michigan, where
folks would come to play and share tunes. Word  quickly spread, and the gathering grew. In 1973 the first
hammer dulcimer festival was held  at the Osceola County Fairgrounds in Evart. The festival's original purpose
was to invite  musicians who played other acoustic instruments, to add variety to the sound of the large  collection
of hammer dulcimers.  And thus even today, all acoustic instrument players are  welcomed to this predominantly
hammer dulcimer event.
    Now known as the "Grand Daddy" of all dulcimer festivals, the ODPC FunFest is the largest gathering of hammer dulcimer players in the world. Each year on the third weekend in July, several thousand musicians and music lovers come home to the fairgrounds in Evart for the ODPC FunFest.  Whether you are new to the instrument or a national hammer dulcimer champion, or even a person who just likes to listen to the music, you will feel welcome at FunFest.  It draws musicians from around the world who come to enjoy several days of concerts, workshops and memories.  You can find more information about about the Original Dulcimer Players Club, membership, meetings and newsletters at: