Fiddle Contest

Click Here to Watch the LiveStream on Youtube. June 6, 2021 @8:15pm

The Official State Fiddle Contest which was scheduled for
Memorial Day Weekend( Saturday) May 30 2021 at
Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center has been transformed into an online contest.

Entry for FSFA members is $10, Entry for non-members is $25, which includes $15 for FSFA membership, and $10 for contest entry fee.

Contest Guidelines

The 2021 Florida State Fiddle Contest will once again be held online this year. The contest will follow the same format as our Fiddle and Banjo Duet Contest. The Judging Panel is: Anna Strickland, Adam Hurt, and Howard Rains. We will make every attempt to keep the judging 100% blind, so please announce yourselves and your tune selection then wait a moment before launching into your tunes. Please note that the entry fee is per category. Each entry must consist of two tunes. A medley will be counted as two tunes. If entering Twin and another category, you must pay twice. Each fiddler may have up to two backup players. Judges decisions are final.

Contest rules are as follows:

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Submit your videos via email to:

Deadline for submissions is May 31, 2021

Winners will be revealed via YouTube livestream June 6, 2021


Old Time

Open (any traditional genre other than old time)

Twin Fiddles

Youth (13-17)

Junior (12 and under)

Prize Payout:

Adult — 1st – $300 – 2nd – $200 – 3rd – $100

Youth/Junior – 1st – $200 – 2nd – $100 – 3rd – $50

Twin Fiddles (to be shared) — 1st – $400 – 2nd – $200 – 3rd – $100

2018 Twin Fiddle Division Winners

List of Fiddle Contest Winners from 1981 to present!

2019 Junior Division Winners

19 thoughts on “Fiddle Contest”

    1. There is always a Fiddle Contest at the Florida Folk Festival, sponsored by FSFA. It is the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend each year. See the link at the top of our website.


      1. Thank you! Are they accepting any more participants for the fiddle contest? I couldn’t find anywhere to sign up.


      2. You can sign up on-site, but if you’d like to do it early we should have a pre-registration form up on our website soon (on the Fiddle Contest page.) There will be an option to register for the contest and camping for $50, or just the contest for $10 (camping is limited, so the earlier the better if choosing this option.)


  1. Sending in my pre-registration and check for $50 today. I am bringing a camper and family will join me at the camp but not compete. I don’t need to per-register for 2 addl. family members do I? Thanks Kay.


    1. No, they can register for weekend or day passes at the welcome center when they arrive, Brett. Once we get your pre-registration for contest and camping, you’ll get a confirmation email with instructions. Good luck with the contest!


  2. Hi, I sent in my registration a couple of months ago with my check for contest and camping and haven’t received or heard anything yet. Would you be able to tell me my status? My name is Paula.


    1. Hi, Paula. We sent you an email confirmation. You might want to check your spam filter. In any case, we have you registered for camping and the fiddle contest, Twin and Contemporary Divisions. Camping is for 4 people and 2 cars (second car will have to unload and park out in the parking lot just outside the campground, only one allowed to stay in campground). One full weekend pass is included for your contestant, others will need to purchase weekend festival passes when picking up your packet at the welcome center just outside Stephen Foster Park. Good luck with the contest!


  3. Brett Waller asked me to accompany him in the fiddle contest on Saturday. I can’t stay all day and I’m not camping. I will probably sign up for the contest, too. Can I get a pass to get in to play in the contest?


    1. Hi Tommy, I very sorry, but I am required to have all the names in by May 1st. The Folkfest has already sent out the tickets. Carol


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