2018 Fiddle Contest Schedule

Llano ~ Groesbeck ~ Alvarado ~ Bowie ~ Seguin ~ Gilmer ~ Glen Rose

April 6-7: 41st Annual Llano Open Fiddle Contest

The Llano Open Fiddle Contest is comprised of four divisions; Youth (age 0-15), Legends (age 65 and up), Open (any age but can only compete in one division) and Accompanist. Contest will start at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and compete in the following order: Youth Division, Legends Division, Open Division, and Accompanist Division. The Accompanist Division will compete before the top 5 championship playoffs. There is no entry fee for contestants.

Contest Rules:

  1. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.
  2. This is an open, individual contest and all fiddlers are eligible.
  3. Entrant can only compete in one division.
  4. Order of play within each division will be determined by a drawing.
  5. Contest will start at 9:30 a.m. and compete in the following order; Youth Division, Legends Division, Open Division, and Accompanist Division.  The accompanist division will compete before the top 5 championship playoff round for Grand Championship.
  6. The open division will consist of three rounds. All contestants will compete in the first round. The second round will consist of the 10 to 15 players with the highest scores (to be determined by judges). The top five contestants of the second round will play off for the championship. Additional call backs are at the discretion of the judges.
  7. A contestant shall be allowed to register until the drawing in their division has begun.
  8. Number of tunes in each division and rounds will be determined by judges based on number of competitors.
  9. When contestants are called to play, they shall have five minutes to report to the stage.
  10. The specific number and type of tunes will be determined by the judges. No tune shall be played twice by an individual.
  11. A fiddler will be allowed no more than four accompanists.  All players will play into a microphone. Amplification of instruments will not be allowed.
  12. A contestant may not enter both the fiddle and accompanist contest.
  13. A fiddler breaking any rule of the contest shall be disqualified. Judges shall have complete control of contest rules and results.
  14. Judges shall sign each score sheet and score each tune 70 to 100 points.
  15. No recording made during any contest by any party shall be offered for sale in any form without written permission of the Llano Fiddle Fest.
  Youth
0-15
Legends
65+
Open
All Ages
Accompanist
All Ages
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Prizes and gifts award to all places from 1-25!

$200 $1,000 $200
2 $90 $800 $125
3 $75 $600 $80
4 $60 $400 $50
5 $50 $200 $45
6   $150  
7   $150  
8   $150  
9   $150  
10   $150  
11   $100  
12   $100  
13   $100  
14   $100  
15   $100  

Llano Anything Goes Tricks & Licks
Prizes & Rules
Friday, April 6, 2018

  1. Prizes: 1st = $150, 2nd = $100, 3rd = $75, 4th = $50, 5th = $50.
  2. Competitor can play any tune with fiddle tricks, singing, etc. provided a fiddle is included in the performance.
  3. Competitors may compete as a group.
  4. Competitor may perform with accompanists.
  5. Judging will be based on skill and entertainment value.

May 19: Groesbeck Southwest Fiddlers Championship
Information from the 2017 contest appears below:

Location: Groesbeck Convention Center, 106 E. Navasota St. Groesbeck, Texas (Right across the street from Steel Fitness Gym)

Divisions: 0-15, 16-35, 36-64, 65+, accompanist, & championship (top 2 from each fiddler division). This is not necessarily the order in which the divisions will compete.

Registration: 10 a.m.
Contest starts: 11 a.m.

TBA: Alvarado Johnson County Pioneers & Old Settlers Reunion Fiddle Contest
Information from the 2017 contest appears below:

Alvarado, Texas, September 8th @7pm.
Registration begins @6pm.

Divisions: 66+, 0-15, 16-25, 26-45, 46-65 (all pay $100, $75, and $50)
Championship Playoff (1st and 2nd from each division): $100
Accompanist: $100, $75

October 6: Bowie Chicken & Bread Days Fiddle Contest
Information from the 2017 contest appears below:

Registration at 9:00; contest at 10:00.
Senior Division will play first followed by the 0-18 Division.
1st and 2nd from each division will play for Grand Champion.

Division 0-18 19-40 41-60 61+ Twin Championship Accompanist
1st $200 $200 $200 $200 $150 $150 $150
2nd $150 $150 $150 $150 $100 $100 $125
3rd $125 $125 $125 $125 $80 $75 $100
4th $100 $100 $100 $100 $50 $50 $75
5th $75 $50 $50 $50     $50
6th $50            
7th-20th $20            

TBA: Seguin J Box Roberts Memorial Fiddle Contest
Information from the 2017 contest appears below:

Saturday, October 14 @ 1:30 PM, Dance Pavilion
34th Annual “J Box Roberts Memorial Award” to be presented.
Ribbons to oldest and youngest fiddlers.
Chairmen: Jesse Roy Hart (305-4701)
Co-Chairmen: Mary Ann Norris

Division 0-12 13-18 19-60 65+ Championship Accompanist
1st $75 $75 $125 $125 $500 $150
2nd $50 $50 $100 $100 $300 $100
3rd $40 $40 $75 $75    
4th $25 $25 $50 $50    
5th $10 $10 $50 $50    

October 20: Gilmer East Texas Yamboree Fiddle Contest
Information from the 2017 contest appears below:

Courthouse Square
Registration at 12:00; contest at 1:00.
Top two from each division will play for championship.

Division 0-11 12-19 20-35 36-64 65+ Championship Accompanist
1st $40 $125 $125 $125 $125 $200 $125
2nd $30 $100 $100 $100 $100   $100
3rd $20 $75 $75 $75 $75   $75
4th $10 $50 $50 $50 $50   $50
5th   $40 $40 $40 $40    
6th   $30 $30 $30 $30    

November 10-11: Glen Rose Dale McPherson Memorial Fiddle Contest
Information from the 2017 contest appears below:

  Saturday Sunday
  0-10 11-17 18-35 36-59 60+ Accompanist Championship
1 $100 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $300
2 $75 $100 $100 $100 $100 $100 $250
3 $50 $75 $75 $75 $75 $75 $200
4 $40 $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $150
5 $30 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $100
6 $20            
7 $10            
8-20 $5            

* denotes non-association contests

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