Sandwich Fair hosts annual fiddle contest

Published: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

The Sandwich Fair will present the 2013 fiddle contest at 6 p.m. Sept. 4 on the AgLand Stage with an opening concert at 5 p.m. by Ashley Lewis & Legacy.

This is a great opportunity for everyone, especially fiddlers, to watch master fiddler Jimmy Mattingly perform as he is normally in a stadium filled with thousands of fans. He and Lewis will judge the fiddle contest.

All ages are welcome to enter, and participation is free with the purchase of a fair ticket. The contest offers three age divisions, which include children through adults, and each contestant performs two tunes – a waltz and a hoedown. The contest is considered to be traditional fiddle music as opposed to classical, jazz, pop or rock. Traditional styles include Irish, French, Cajun, other national/ethnic styles, country and bluegrass. The purse for the contest totals more than $800.

Adding to the music and friendly competition, the audience can join in on raffles. Dedicated sponsor of many years, Austin’s Violin Shop from Sugar Grove, has donated an attractive, sturdy and colorful Manhasset music stand, along with a $25 gift certificate for music, and Ax In Hand music shop in DeKalb has donated a Fender package, consisting of a quality dreadnought DG-8s acoustic guitar with a solid spruce top, gig bag, electronic tuner, instructional DVD, strings, picks, a strap and a guitar stand. Winners will be chosen the night of the contest and need not be present to win.

Registration forms and rules can be viewed and downloaded at the Sandwich Fair website at www.sandwichfair.com/forms.html. Preregistration is encouraged to ensure participation due to a limited number in each division and can be made by emailing sandwichfairfiddle@yahoo.com or by calling 815-786-9313 or on a first-come basis until 5:30 p.m. the day of the contest if openings are available.

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