The many fiddle contests organized around the United States generally publish their own set of rules that govern have the contest is judged. The rules may vary depending upon the purpose of the contest, the precedence set by other nearby contests, the organizers and other influences.
The National Old Time Fiddle Contest held in Weiser, Idaho each June is one of several “national” contests but is considered by many fiddlers to be the final word in who is the national champion fiddler. The symbol or logo you see on the side bar of many of the pages in this web site represents our relationship with that National Contest. That means that the Illinois Old Time Fiddlers Association has provided the officials of the National contest a set of our rules of competition and that they have confirmed that our rules meet the quality and guidelines used by their contest in Weiser, ID.
Each year we must renew our certification by a review of our current contest rules. Certification assures any interested party that our winners have reached a certain level of competency for their division. Although all of our contestants are judged by the same set of rules, we are certified by the National Contest only in the “open” division.
The IOTFA will submit a photo of the winner of the Open Division or “Grand Champion” to the National Contest officers who will include include it in their National Hall of Fame. The IOTFA does not provide funds for the winner to compete in the National contest but the first place winner of the Open Division will have their fees paid to the National Old Time Fiddler Contest if they attend and choose to enter. Also, the first place winner is eligible to compete in the Certified Showcase event at the National Contest but must complete the Showcase entry form. If the first place winner cannot attend the National Contest, the second place winner will have their fees paid but are not eligible for the Certified Showcase event.
We are pleased with our certification by the National Old Time Fiddles Contest organization and intend to continue our relationship with the Weiser Contest. For more details please access their website at https://www.fiddlecontest.org/. The dates for this year’s National Fiddle Contest are June 22 through June 27, 2020 and entry fees must be paid before June 1, 2020.