Mountaineer Week

Elmer Rich Memorial Appalachian Old-Time Fiddle Contest

This Appalachian Style Fiddle Contest is one of our biggest events!


Saturday, October 29, 2016
7:30 p.m., Mountainlair Joseph Gluck Theatre


Registration will be held from 6 P.M. – 7 P.M. in Hatfields, on Mountainlair’s First Floor.


All ages of fiddlers will be competing in a single contest. Cash prizes will be awarded for five places, with additional special recognition cash awards and ribbons for the top scoring Junior Fiddler (under 18), top scoring Senior Fiddler (over 65). There is an additional optional category for the top scoring WV Heritage tune. Each fiddler plays 2 tunes for the fiddle contest. The top scoring Junior, Senior, and Heritage Tune will be determined from the fiddle contest scores.

The WV Heritage Tune prize will be given to the fiddler with the highest score on an individual tune that comes from a West Virginia tradition. This is a tune played in a documented West Virginia style and may have been learned directly from one of West Virginia’s heritage fiddlers, from a recording, or from a fiddler with expertise in the fiddle styles of West Virginia. To be eligible for the prize, competitors must announce that they are playing a West Virginia Heritage Tune and explain how it fits into the West Virginia fiddling tradition.

Robert C. Byrd West Virginia Heritage Award

The Heritage Award is presented to a fiddler with a lifetime contribution to fiddling in West Virginia. A plaque and cash award will be presented the night of the fiddle contest.

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Erin Blake