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Elmer Rich Memorial: Appalachian Old-Time Fiddle Contest

Fiddle Contest 2017

Join us for the annual Elmer Rich Memorial Appalachian Old-Time Fiddle Contest held in conjunction with Mountaineer Week on Saturday, October 20th. Registration begins at 6:00pm and the competition will begin at 7:30pm in the Gluck Theater of the WVU Mountainlair. 

The competition focuses on traditional Appalachian, especially West Virginia, style fiddling.  Each contestant plays two tunes. Prizes will be awarded for five places, with additional awards and ribbons for the top scoring Senior Fiddler, and top scoring WV Heritage Tune. Fiddlers over 65 are automatically eligible for the Senior Fiddler prize. 

There will be a Junior Fiddler category available this year for contestants under 18. Three places will be awarded in the Junior Fiddler category; fiddlers in this category will not be eligible for the adult category awards. Fiddlers under 18 may choose to enter either the Adult or the Junior category.

Contestants have the option of competing for the WV Heritage Tune award. 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 their West Virginia Heritage Tune and explain how it fits into the West Virginia fiddling tradition. Heritage points will be awarded based how well the contestant explains what makes the tune a Heritage Tune, and whether it is truly played in the stated Heritage style. 

The prizes are:

1st Place: $400

2nd Place: $250

3rd Place: $200

4th Place: $150

5th Place: $100

1st Place Senior Fiddle (over 65): $100

1st Place Heritage Fiddle Tune: $100

1st Place Junior Fiddler: $75

2nd Place Junior Fiddler: $50

3rd Place Junior Fiddler: $25

For more information, contact Sonja Wilson at 304-293-2702.

Fiddle Contest 2017