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Join us for the annual Elmer Rich Memorial Appalachian Old-Time Fiddle Contest held in conjunction with Mountaineer Week. The contest time, location, and details are to be announced for 2018.
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 on the explanation and whether the tune
For more information, contact Sonja Wilson at 304-293-2702.