Great Southern Old Time Fiddlers' Convention
This event has already happened.
The main event, however, is the old time fiddle competition, where fiddlers from half a dozen states let the rosin fly as they battle each other with fiddle and bow for the coveted honor – Champion Fiddler of the South.
The contest began here in Chattanooga in 1925 and has a long and rich history, regularly drawing all the best musicians from the Southeast.
The contest is all old-time music and dance - all acoustic, no mics, amps or PAs.
Admission is $10 and children under 12 are admitted free. Contest registration is free with paid admission. Food and drinks will be available and the public is cordially invited to come and experience this Great Southern tradition.
Rules and prizes: No electric instruments permitted. Drawing for order of contestants will be held at the registration table 15 min. prior to start of each competition. No registrations allowed after numbers are drawn. Contestants must be present when their number is called to take the stage for competition. Finals will be held at judges discretion.
Fiddle – Prizes – 1. $250 2. $125 3. $75
Old time fiddling and tunes only, may play solo or with maximum 1 additional accompanist. Preliminary round – 2 tunes of choice. Finals – 2 tunes of choice.
Banjo – Prizes – 1. $100 2. $50 3. $25
Old time styles and tunes only. May play solo or with maximum 1 additional accompanist. Preliminary round – 2 tunes of choice. Finals – 1 tune of choice.
Stringband – Prizes - 1. $200 2. $100 3. $60
Old time styles and tunes only. Band must consist of at least 2 stringed instruments. 2 tunes/songs of choice, 1 required to include vocals. Finals - 1 tune/song of choice.
Dance – Prizes - 1. $60 2. $40 3.$20
Old time style dance. Dancers who wish to wear metal on shoe soles must bring a board to dance on.
Traditional Song - Prizes 1. $100 2. $50 3. $25
Pre-1930 traditional song. 3 minute time limit. Must be performed solo. Can be solo voice or singer may accompany themselves on an instrument.
Schedule of events:
12:00 – Doors Open
1:00 – Performance (TBA)
2:00 – Dance Contest
3:00 – Banjo Contest
4:00 – Performance (TBA)
5:00 – Traditional Song Contest
6:00 – String Band Contest
7:00 – Fiddle Contest
Sponsored by the Chattanooga Old Fiddlers' Association, Fletcher Bright Company, Community Foundation, Rock City, Tennessee Aquarium, 1885 Grill, Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union, Lone Mountain Music, MoonPie, and Dust-to-Digital.
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