Fiddle Contest

Each year, Traditional Arts Indiana sponsors a fiddle contest at the Indiana State Fair to promote the traditional music practices of Indiana and to bring people together to hear some toe-tapping fiddle tunes.

With participants ranging from all ages, the fiddle contest brings the music community together to celebrate the different talents and various styles of fiddlers around our state.

Fiddle Contest Information

 

  1. All entries must be made in accordance with the terms and conditions. 
  2. Online Entry - To enter the Indiana State Fair, please go to www.exhibitorscorner. indianastatefair.com and enter online and follow the prompts. Each exhibitor is required to pay an entry fee at the time of entry. An exhibitor will not be considered entered the Indiana State Fair until payment is made in full. Payment can be made online with a valid credit card. 
  3. Entry Deadlines and Fees Entry open between: March 1, 2019 – July 27, 2019 Entry Fee: $10 (includes one-day parking voucher and two (2 ) fair admission tickets) 
  4. Confirmation of Entry - A confirmation email will be sent once entries have been paid in full. 
  5. One-day parking voucher and tickets will be mailed out prior to the contest by the Indiana State Fair Entry Department. 
  6. Online entry questions? Call (317) 927-7515 

 

  1. All entries must be made online.
  2. Contestants must enter as a solo performer.
  3. Contestants must enter the division corresponding to their age on Saturday, August 10, 2019 – the date of the Fiddle Contest. 
  4. Contestants must check in on-site at least 30 minutes prior to their division start time. Contestants will be notified of their division start time by email following the entry deadline.
  5. Each contestant must play three (3) tunes: a waltz, a hoedown and a tune of their choice. “Orange Blossom Special” and “Listen to the Mockingbird” are not allowed.
  6. Each contestant will be allowed a total of five (5) minutes performance time. Timing begins when the fiddler begins playing. Fiddlers will be penalized five points for going over the time limit.
  7. Contestant may play alone or with no more than two accompanists. Only the solo contestant will be scored for judging. Accompanists musts provide their own instruments.
  8. Contact microphones and amplified instruments are prohibited. Sound equipment will be provided and operated by the Indiana State Fair staff.
  9. In the event of a tie, there will be a one-tune playoff.

Traditional Arts Indiana is a partnership of the Indiana Arts Commission and Indiana University, dedicated to expanding public awareness and promoting Indiana’s traditional arts. The Indiana State Fair is proud to offer the Fiddle Contest in conjunction with Traditional Arts Indiana.

Contest divisions are:

11 & under

12-17 years old

18-59 years old

60 & above

 

Judging will be scored on the basis of rhythm, bowing technique, intonation, phrasing, and creativity. Additional points may be awarded for Old Time style (not included in the overall score).

AGES 11 AND UNDER

First Place................................................. $50

Second Place........................................... $25

Third Place ............................................... $10

AGES 12 - 17

First Place................................................. $100

Second Place........................................... $50

Third Place ............................................... $25

AGES 18 - 59

First Place................................................. $200

Second Place........................................... $100

Third Place ............................................... $50

AGES 60 AND ABOVE

First Place................................................. $200

Second Place........................................... $100

Third Place ............................................... $50

Special Old Time Fiddling Award..... $50

Saturday, August 10

Pioneer Village Opry House

 

8:30AM - On-Site Check-In Begins

9AM - Contest Begins

Past Winners

2019

11 & Under Division: Hadyn Newman

12-17 Division: Gracie Mae Grossman

18-59 Division: Lauren Williams (Greentown, IN)

60 & Above: Leo Hickman

Special Old Time Fiddling Award: Archie Krout (Crawfordsville, IN)

2018

12-17 Division: Leah Sawyer (Weatherford, TX)

18-59 Division: Robert Griepentrog (Westfield, IN)

60 & Above: Alan Frodge (Crawfordsville, IN)

Special Old Time Fiddling Award: David Sawyer (Weatherford, TX)

2017

11 & Under Division: Halle Newman (Clinton, IN)

12-17 Division: Leah Sawyer (Weatherford, TX)

18-59 Division: Lauren Williams (Greentown, IN)

60 & Above: Stephen Dickey (Paoli, IN)

Special Old Time Fiddling Award: Stephen Dickey (Paoli, IN)

2016

11 & Under Division: Halle Newman (Clinton, IN)

12-17 Division: Gracey West

18-59 Division: Joel Slack

60 & Above: Archie Krout (Crawfordsville, IN)

Special Old Time Fiddling Award: Archie Krout (Crawfordsville, IN)

2015

11 & Under Division: Rebecca Gilliher 

12-17 Division: Nicholaus Griesemer

18-59 Division: Shoshannah Ragan

60 & Above: Edward V. Posner

Special Old Time Fiddling Award: Edward V. Posner

2014

11 & Under Division: Eli Taylor

12-17 Division: Klaus Griesemer

18-59 Division: Miya Saito-Beckman

60 & Above: Susan Slack

Special Old Time Fiddling Award: Archie Krout (Crawfordsville, IN)

2013

11 & Under Division: Lily Kostraba (West Lafayette)

12-17 Division: Grant Flick (Bowling Green, OH)

18-59 Division: Doug Fleener (Leitchfield, KY)

60 & Above: Ed Cosner Sr. (Portage)

2012

11 & Under Division: Annabelle Watts

12-17 Division: Samantha Cunningham

18-59 Division: Doug Fleener (Leitchfield, KY)

60 & Above Division: Harold Klosterkemper (Greenburg, IN)

2011
11& Under Division: Ruth Kelley (Greenwood, IN)

12-17 Division: Grant Flick (Bowling Green, OH)

18-59 Division: Kerry Varble (Toledo, OH)

60 & Above Division: Harold Klosterkemper (Greensburg)

Special Old Time Fiddling Award: Harold Klosterkemper (Greensburg)

2010

11& Under Division: Connor McCracken (Fredericksburg, IN)

12-17 Division: Cole McCracken (Fredericksburg, IN)

18-59 Division: Doug Fleener (Leitchfield, KY)

60 & Above Division: Ed Cosner, Sr. (Portage, IN)

Special Old Time Fiddling Award: Harold Klosterkemper (Greensburg)

2009
11& Under Division: Connor McCracken (Fredericksburg, IN)

12-17 Division: Cole McCracken (Fredericksburg, IN)

18-59 Division: Kerry Varble (Toledo, OH)

Special Old Time Fiddling Award: Harold Klosterkemper (Greensburg)

2008
11& Under Division: Liam Perlstein (Morton Grove, IL)
Cole and Connor McCracken (Fredericksburg, IN)

12-17 Division: Doug Fleener (KY)
Emily Wagner
Marushka Grogan

18-59 Division: Andy Houck  (Newburgh, Indiana)

Special Old Time Fiddling Award: Luther Hampton

2007

2006
18-59 Division: Julane Lund

Special Old Time Fiddling Award: Harold Klosterkemper (Greensburg)

2005
11& Under Division: Kathleen Doolittle (Highland)

12-17 Division: Olivia Smiley (Greensburg)

18-59 Division: Vi Wickham (Evansville, IN)

Special Old Time Fiddling Award: Harold Klosterkemper (Greensburg)

2004
Special Old Time Fiddling Award: Vi Wickam (Evansville, IN)