Shrine to Music to host SD Old-time Fiddle Contest

Shrine to Music to host SD Old-time Fiddle Contest America's Shrine to Music Museum will host the 1998 South Dakota Old-time Fiddle Contest and Jamboree this weekend, Sept. 18-20, in Slagle Auditorium in Vermillion.

For the 26th year, old-time fiddlers and accordion players will come together from a dozen states or more. They will bring their back-up guitarists and pianists for a weekend of competition and jamming.

The Jamboree begins at 7 p.m. Friday night, when the South Dakota Old-time Fiddlers will be featured for a night of old-time music entertainment.

The three Saturday sessions are at 8:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and are filled with the actual competitions. There are 10 contests for fiddlers, with a division for South Dakota and an Open Division for contestants living outside of the state.

Each division is divided into five age groups: through age 12; 13-17; 18-64; 65-74; and 75 and older. There is an additional National Invitational Contest where 10 fiddlers invited from around the country will come here to compete. There is also a contest for accordion players.

Each contestant must play two tunes: a waltz and a tune of choice other than a waltz. The Saturday evening session includes the awards ceremony and the first round of the National Invitational. Wilbur Foss, the founder of the South Dakota Old-time Fiddle Contest, will again be the master of ceremonies.

The Gospel Sing on Sunday morning is free and will begin at 10 a.m. The Sunday afternoon session begins at 1 p.m. and includes a Twin Fiddling Contest and the second round of the National Invitational.

The three contest judges are Howard Marshall, a professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Missouri at Columbia, Ray Shirley, a fiddler from Selma, CA, and Dwight Lamb, a fiddle player and teacher from Onawa, IA. Shirley will perform several times during the South Dakota Old-time Fiddle Contest and Lamb, who also plays accordion, will also judge the accordion contest.

Weekend tickets for adults are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Student weekend tickets are $8 and preschoolers are free. Individual session tickets are $3. For ticket sales and information contact: America's Shrine to Music Museum at 605-677-5306.

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