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2024 Schedule of Event


National Senior Champion and Fiddle Fest Judge J. C. Broughton

Fiddle Fest '04 Grand Champion Daniel Carwile with Texas Shorty

Festival Co-Chairs Brad & Shirley Adams

Founder Jana Jae with Festival Coordinator Kathleen Pixley

Fiddle Fest '04 Judges on stage

Family Fun at Snider's Camp

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June 6, 7, 8, 2024

HAR-BER Village and Snider's Camp
Grove, OK


(Certified by Weiser, Idaho)

Thursday Evening at Snider's Camp

Jamming, Fun Contests, Open Stage, Food Trucks!


Friday & Saturday at HAR-BER Village, Grove

Friday 1pm-6pm - Twin, Hot, and other contests

Saturday 8am-7pm - All Fiddle Divisions

ALL Fiddle Divisions - Friday Round Robin Play-offs and Marriott Swing Band - Fri. evening

$1000 Fiddle Grand Champion 

Over 40 other cash prizes

Host Campground is Snider's Camp with Kick-Off Party/Jam Thursday eve; Friday and Saturday all atHAR-BER Village for the Grand National Fiddle Contest, jamming and Performances.

Great headliners, judges, and talented contestants promise a great weekend for spectators and  participants alike.


Nationally Certified by NOTFC, Weiser, ID

Plus over forty other Cash Prizes!


Special Entertainment All Weekend

Jamming, Open Stage

Many Vendors

Host Campground - Snider's Camp

Special Rates for Contestants & Performers

Entry Fees:

(Enter only one)
$15 if registered by May 15,
$25 for late entries

$6 if registered by May 15
$12 for late entries

(Enter as many as you like)

Twin Fiddle, "Anything Goes" Hot Fiddle
Honey Creek Special Gamblers Contest, Take Me Back to Tulsa

$6 Entry Fee Each Contest

Contest rules in accordance with Weiser

Online Fiddle Fest Registration

Printable Fiddle Fest Registration Form

Fiddle Fest Prize Money


Grand Lake National Fiddle Fest Winners

Frequently Asked Questions

For information call 918-786-8896

Welcome to all

Due to popular demand, lots of space will be available for warming up and jamming! All acoustic players are welcome! Spectators can browse and enjoy the jamming on one side in addition to the contests and entertainment on the other. Welcome to all!

Clogging Coordinator Lou Maiuri and Festival Coordinator Kathleen Pixley


FIDDLE FEST Registration

Festival Tickets

Online Fiddle Fest Registration

Festival Tickets: $5 Admission Contestants plus one free - Register for wristband at entry

Printable Fiddle Fest Registration Form

Fiddle Fest Contest Rules in accordance with Weiser

For further information call: 918-786-8896

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Grove, Oklahoma

Located in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains on scenic Grand Lake O' the Cherokees, Grove has the largest concentration of accommodations, restaurants, shops and attractions in the area including the world's largest free antique museum.  Grove is the perfect vacation spot for fishing, camping, golfing and, at contest time in June, the finest fiddling and clogging!  Spectators can browse and enjoy the jamming in addition to the contests and entertainment. Welcome to all!

This is an Annual Event -- always held the first full week in June

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The New York Times
Published: May 5, 2006

Fiddling Contests: Battles With Bows and Strings


ANYONE who's been in a rowdy honky tonk when "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" hit the jukebox knows how much fun dueling fiddlers can be. The song, by the Charlie Daniels Band, consistently elicits whoops and hollers from a well-lubricated barroom.

In real-life fiddle contests, the devil doesn't compete and no one wagers his soul, as "Johnny" does in the song. But there's still the fun of watching and hearing accomplished fiddlers battle it out with their bows. The coming season is prime time for fiddler competitions, with many clustered in May and June. Dozens are listed on the Web site

The oldest fiddlers' contest in the country takes place in Union Grove in western North Carolina, at the Ole Time Fiddler's and Bluegrass Festival, held every year in the spring for the past 82 years. An estimated 50 to 60 fiddlers from children to fiddling veterans in their 70's duel it out with old-time music, bluegrass standards and heritage tunes (defined as more than 100 years old) for the title of Fiddler of the Festival. In a pattern typical in Appalachia, many of the older entrants have had no formal lessons and picked up their skill by imitation and in jam sessions.

"I watch these old time guys play and I have a real appreciation for what they do," said Jessie Cockman, one of the festival organizers, "because I know that they've not been trained. And the tunes that they pick and the way these 70-year-old guys can stay up until 3, 4 o'clock in the morning that's just unreal."

The festival attracts around 3,000 people, Ms. Cockman said, and although the music carries on at all hours, the fiddling is serious. Alcohol is banned an unusual restriction for this kind of festival but in line with the intention of the founders, who wanted a family atmosphere rather than a gathering of musicians "going out with their buddies to jam," Ms. Cockman said.

Although not as old, the Grand Lake National Fiddle Fest in Grove, Okla., in early June, part of the American Heritage Music Festival, also carries fiddling prestige. Started in 1998 by the fiddler Jana Jae, who has played with Chet Atkins, Roy Clark and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the contest draws around 3,000 people a day to witness roughly 100 fiddlers competing for the grand prize of $1,000. Top-billed performers who have also taken the time to jam informally include Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent and the late Randy Howard.

Ms. Jae said she had joined, won and judged fiddle contests for many years before finally deciding to start her own, continuing an amateur American tradition that has its roots in centuries-old dance music from around the world. "They used to entertain themselves with jam sessions and playing out in Appalachia, you know, on the back porches," she said. "It was O.K. wherever you put your fingers and however you put your bow, as long as you had that rhythm."

But the premier contest, also in June, is the National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest in Weiser (pronounced "Weezer"), Idaho, which draws up to 25,000 people and around 350 competitors seeking prizes of up to $1,400. Weiser, a town of about 5,300 people, is also home to the National Oldtime Fiddlers' Association and the National Fiddlers' Hall of Fame. Famous fiddlers like Mark O'Connor and Dale Morris Jr., have taken their careers to the national level by winning its contest.

Fiddling competitions aren't limited to the South and West. The 2,000 to 3,000 fans who arrive each June at the New England Fiddle Contest in Hartford, Conn., are likely to hear music mingling traditions including Celtic, Cajun and French-Canadian as well as the more familiar sounds of Appalachia. About 100 amateur fiddlers play, said Jim Condren, a volunteer with Peace Train Foundation, the contest organizer. They compete for prizes of up to $500, and the scene is one of fun, dancing and a healthy dose of abandon.

"The music is kind of like acoustic punk rock," Mr. Condren said. "It's not about virtuosity. It's about making your own music and about community."

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