Minnesota Fiddlers

State Fair Contest


​ ​Minnesota State Fiddle Contest at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair
Aug 24-25 Saturday and Sunday afternoons 11:30-2:15pm West End Market Stage
Emcee: Emery Kleven   Accompanists: Adam Granger & Gilmore Lee 

Judges: Loy Larson, Jim Price, John Wallace

 

Saturday, August 24

Age Divisions

Each fiddler plays a waltz and a fast tune.


Adult/Senior (ages 26+)

1st & 2nd places continue to finals on Sunday; 3rd Place: $50   4th Place: $25


Junior (13 and under)

1st Place $75 2nd Place: $50   3rd Place: $30   4th Place: $20   5th Place: $10


Young Adult (ages 14-25)

1st & 2nd places continue to finals on Sunday; 3rd Place: $50   4th Place: $25


Open Division

Each fiddler plays a waltz, a hoedown, and a tune of choice.
All competitors in the Open Division advance to finals on Sunday


Award Ceremony

 

Sunday, August 25

Age - Division Championship
Each fiddler plays a waltz and a fast tune (maximum of 5 minutes).
(Saturday and Sunday scores are cumulative).
Adult (ages 26 and over) 1st Place: $150   2nd Place: $100
Young Adult (ages 14-25) 1st Place: $150   2nd Place: $100

Open-Division Championship
Each fiddler plays a waltz, a hoedown and a tune of choice (maximum of 7 minutes).
(Saturday and Sunday scores are cumulative)
1st Place: $300   2nd Place: $200   3rd Place: $175   4th Place: $150   5th Place: $125   6th Place: $100   7th Place: $75

Fee-Fi-Faux Division

1st Place: $60   2nd Place: $40
The musician will play one fiddle tune on any acoustic instrument other than a fiddle.

Heritage Division
1st Place: $60   2nd Place: $40
The musician will tell a compelling story about the fiddle tune and then play the fiddle tune on any acoustic instrument.  The story can be about the origin of the tune or how it was learned or unusual aspects of the tune, etc.

Gilmore Lee's Best-Waltz Division
1st Place: $60   2nd Place: $40   3rd Place: $30
The musician plays his or her "best" waltz. Gilmore always did! (maximum of 3 minutes)
A tune may be played by a contestant only once during all performances in the entire two-day contest

Award Ceremony


Don't be disappointed this year.

Register early to secure your spot in the 2019 contest.


​Click here for a printable copy of the 2019 contest rules. 

Click here for the 2019 Minnesota State Fair Fiddle Contest entry form 

Click here for a printable flyer for the 2019 state fair fiddle contest

Click here to go to the Minnesota State Fair website.