Minnesota State Old Time Fiddle Championship 2017

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Plans are on for the 36th Annual Minnesota State Old Time Fiddle Championships. The contest will take place on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the Merritt Elementary School Auditorium, located just off Highway 169 in Mountain Iron, MN. As is our custom, the National Old Time Fiddle Association is certifying our Championship division. This means that our Minnesota State Old Time Fiddling Champion is eligible to play at the National Old Time Fiddle Contest in Weiser, Idaho.

This year we are funded in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature’s general and arts and cultural heritage funds, and in part by Natural Harvest Co-op’s Change Within Reach program. With this funding we are glad to be able to offer a FREE dance workshop on Friday, August 4h from 5-8 pm at Merritt School. Friends on the Range will be presenting a workshop on how to play your fiddle tunes in a more dance like style and tempo, how to perform the dance steps and how to call dance moves. All stringed instruments are welcome at the workshop. Our workshop schedule is 5-6 Workshop, 6-7 Dinner, 7-8 Dance. The dance is free and open to the public.

We ask that you pre-register for both the contest and workshop by July 15th, but walk-ons are always welcome. Walk-ons must register between 10:30am and 12:30pm on the day of the contest. There is no entry fee for the fiddle contest, but donations to help defray expenses are welcomed. Help us to spread the word to your musician friends. Click here to register.

The Holiday Inn Express and Suites on Highway 169 across from the school has an indoor pool and serves breakfast. They have 5 motor-home plug-ins available on a first-come-first-serve basis, free of charge. The AmericInn, located nearby on Highway 53, also has an indoor pool and serves breakfast. There is a Perkins and Walmart across the highway from the school.

We look forward to renewing old friendships, making new friends, and celebrating old time fiddling with you in Mountain Iron this August!

Musically yours,

Sheila Wilcox and Holly Weir
Contest Rules and Registration






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