Old time fiddle contests have a long honored tradition in old time music.  The first fiddle contest on record was held in 1736 as part of a St. Andrews Day celebration.  The top prize was an Italian made Cremona fiddle.

The Washington Old Time Fiddlers is proud to be a part of the Contest Fiddling community.

Below are excerpts from some of the contests that WOTFA provides sponsoring for.

Click on the title or the Read More button to visit their websites and find out more about each of these contests.

Contests

  • National Old Time Fiddler’s Contest and Festival

    The National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest is an old-time music competition, festival, and musical gathering in the western United States, held annually during the third full week in June in Weiser, Idaho, about fifty miles (80 km) northwest of Boise.

    Within the fiddling community, it is often referred to simply as “Weiser,” and the contest draws musicians from across the country.

    Nearly 7,000 attend for the week and almost 350 fiddlers compete in eight divisions. In addition to the contest there are workshops, performances, a battle of the bands, a parade and a carnival. The contest is held at Weiser High School: the competition is held in the gymnasium, and most of the contestants camp in the school’s sports fields.

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  • Washington State Fiddle Championship

    Open to all states and held at the Clark County Fair. Certified winners (Age Divisions) will be top placers from Washington. Presented by District 10 with added support from many districts throughout the State. Expert judges and guitar backup, great prizes and fun for all!

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  • Fiddlers on the Peak Fiddle Contest

    Named the Fiddlers on the Peak contest for its original location near the 49 North Ski resort near Chewelah, the contest has grown each year .  Players from the Spokane area and Eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana participate in our contest

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  • 50th Annual Northwest Regional Fiddle Contest

    Started in 1969, Spokane’s Annual Northwest Regional Fiddle Contest has been host to a variety of ages and talents. One of the largest competitions in the area, you will hear fiddlers from WA, OR, ID, MT, ND, SD, Canada and more.

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