Florida State Fiddle Contest

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Work Your Bow And Step Into Stardom

Fiddlers of all ages are invited to enter the official Florida State Fiddle Contest. The contest will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Under the Oaks Stage on Saturday. The awards ceremony will take place Saturday night on the Amphitheater Stage.

The contest is sponsored by the Florida State Fiddlers Association (FSFA) in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Recreation and Parks. The contest has five categories (in the order that they appear): Junior (up to 12 years old), Youth (13 to 19 years old), Contemporary, Twin and Rustic. Contestants may enter one individual category and the twin fiddle competition if they wish. Contestants may have no more than two back-up musicians. Fiddles, drums and electric instruments may not be used as backup instruments.

For Additional information and to pre-register for the Fiddle Contest, contact the Florida State Fiddlers Association.

Fiddlers who have not pre-registered must purchase a festival pass and sign up at the Under the Oaks Stage beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. Contest entry fees are $10 per division for FSFA members and nonmembers. The Florida State Fiddlers Association is a group of musicians and enthusiasts dedicated to perpetuating the art of fiddling by demonstrating fiddling styles and documenting fiddling traditions of the state. Their intention is to entertain and educate with traditional fiddling. The organization has hosted an annual convention since 1981.

In 1990, the Florida Legislature designated this annual competition the official state fiddle contest. Everyone who enjoys good fiddling is invited to attend the contest and experience Florida's varied fiddle music tradition.