The Louisiana State Fiddle Championship will be held Saturday, July 17 at the 2010 Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival on the campus of Northwestern State University. Musicians from throughout the state will compete for awards, giving festival goers a chance to hear some of the best fiddle music Louisiana has to offer.


The Louisiana State Fiddle Championship will be held Saturday, July 17 at the 2010 Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival on the campus of Northwestern State University. Musicians from throughout the state will compete for awards, giving festival goers a chance to hear some of the best fiddle music Louisiana has to offer.

 

The Fiddle Championship from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on the Main Stage in air-conditioned Prather Coliseum on the NSU campus. Fiddlers from around the state will compete for cash prizes and ribbons in two main categories: Non-Championship Division and Championship Division. Fiddlers are welcome to enter in either division but not both. Those who enter the Championship Division will compete for the Grand Champion title. Alternatively, the Non-Championship Division is not competitive for the state championship. The two top fiddlers from each age category in the Championship Division – ages 0-21, 22-59, 60 and above – will compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to be recognized as the state’s best fiddler. The winner will perform at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on the Festival’s main stage. Past champions have included such fiddle playing luminaries asFred Beavers, Greg Edwards, Tex Grimsley, Emily Young and Ron Yule. The 2009 Champion was Ben Robinson of Choudrant.

 

The Louisiana State Fiddle Championship is open to Louisiana residents of all ages. There is no entry fee for contestants. Contestants are encouraged to preregister, although they may also register at 8 a.m. on the morning of the championship. The deadline for preregistration is July 1. For more information contact the Louisiana Folklife Center at (318) 357-4332 or on the web at http://louisianafolklife.nsula.edu/.

 

The 2010 Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Natchitoches Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission and Paragon Casino Resort, as well as a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, the Office of Cultural Development, the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and the Shreveport Regional Arts Council.