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.