Welcome to IOTFA!

Opening Ceremony of the 2019 Illinois State Fiddle Contest at the Effingham (IL) Performance Center, October 27.

The Illinois Old Time Fiddlers Association is a not-for-profit organization. The group was formed and hosted its first fiddle contest in 1965, then incorporated in 1966.  The association is dedicated to reviving and furthering Old Time Fiddle Music, to the preserving of the Old Time Tunes and fiddling techniques, and to the passing on of this traditional form of entertainment to the younger generation.  The young folks are our future!  We encourage you to embrace these goals and become a member of this association.   Please join the IOTFA to share your enthusiasm, your talent and to contribute your expertise to help achieve these goals.  We welcome your participation and appreciate your support.

We have Monthly Meetings and our yearly event is the Annual Fiddle Contest.


Hi to all,

 The annual IOTFA Fiddle Contest for 2020 has been canceled.

 The current thinking is that the Illinois Old Time Fiddlers Association monthly meetings will be held in the current venue, the Chesnut Family Music Store practice room located in Effingham, for the remainder of the year 2020. If changes are made we’ll let you know by this same medium.

But the Fiddle Fest Saturday evening program is still on!

  This is to inform you that while the actual annual fiddle contest has been cancelled, the Saturday evening program is still scheduled as planned.  The 2020 program will be a concert by Dennis Stroughtmatt and his band.  Dennis has a very strong following in the Southern areas of Illinois and well beyond into several other states.  His main instrument is the fiddle so his program should fit well with the goals of the IOTFA.  
   Tickets are $10 and the show starts at 7:00 PM, Saturday, October 24, 2020 in Effingham at The Effingham Performance Center,  which has hosted our Fiddle Fest since the 2018 Annual Fiddle Contest.
   Tickets and more information can be found on The EPC Website.  Or just search for “The EPC Dennis Stroughmatt,” which I found to arrive at the correct web site.
   Meanwhile, be careful, be safe, keep fiddlin’  and we’ll hope to see you on the “other side” of all this craziness we’ve been saddled with for most of 2020.

Dennis Stroughmatt

Dennis Stroughmatt