Saturday, June 30, 2018

2018 National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest and Festival report

Weiser, Idaho was once again filled with music for two weeks in June as all sorts of string musicians came from all over the country (and a few international arrivals) to take part in the annual National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest and Festival. Musicians, many of whom are high level professionals, start jamming in the campgrounds, like the well known and beloved Stickerville campground and the areas around the historic Institutes and Museum the week before the official contests even start. One can find jazz, bluegrass, old time, Texas style fiddling, Irish, Brazilian tunes, and sometimes various other styles of music being played throughout the days and much of the evenings. There are loads of workshops in many styles, and on a great variety of instruments, and even in pie-making held over the two weeks as well. There are the famous fiddle contests and many contests of a whimsical nature during the festival, which can boast of very high caliber fiddlers in the contests and also among their contest judges. The festival also organizes concerts in the town of Weiser at Memorial Park, along with food vendors, crafts, and a parade at the end of the contest week. This festival is a blast not just because of the great musicians and friendly folks who attend the festival, but also because of its calm, laid-back feel. No big crowds or traffic, just great musicians and music lovers everywhere one looks, along with lovely scenic views...MORE

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