41st Annual South Dakota Fiddle Contest this weekend in Yankton

The Fiddlers of South Dakota are hosting the 41st Annual South Dakota Fiddle Contest Sept. 20-22 at the Yankton County 4-H Grounds (901 Whiting Dr., Yankton). Talented fiddlers and fans from across the North America will gather for a weekend of music and fun.

To begin the weekend, Friday evening will showcase special performances by groups or individuals who would like to share their talents outside of a contest setting. This laid-back, fun, and entertaining evening is sure to be highly enjoyable by audience members and performers alike.

Most of the weekend’s contests occur on Saturday, including the South Dakota fiddle competition in five age divisions (young children, teens, adults, seniors and those older than 75), out-of-state fiddle competitions (the five same age divisions), harmonica, and button and keyboard accordion competitions.

Accomplished and advanced fiddlers from across the United States will perform on Saturday evening. Each year, different artists are invited, many having professional careers in country music or bluegrass bands. Sunday morning features a gospel celebration, with the stage open to any performers. Sunday afternoon’s event is the twin fiddling competition, with teams of two facing off for the top team title.

From experienced fiddle players to those who don’t really know the difference between a fiddle and violin, everyone is invited! Fans of country music, traditional music, or bluegrass will have a marvelous time. Join us for a weekend of unbelievable music, meet great people, jam with talented artists, and develop skills.

Additional Details: Public event; all ages welcome. Admission: $5/session or $15/weekend pass. Camping available

Schedule of Events:

Friday, starting at 7 p.m.

– Special stage performances

– Music jamming in multiple locations

Saturday, starting at 9:30 a.m.

– Fiddle contests (multiple age divisions)

– Harmonica contests

– Accordion contests, button and keyboard

Saturday evening:

– South Dakota Open Fiddle Contest

– South Dakota Open Fiddle Championship

– Advanced level fiddle performances

– Music jamming in multiple locations

Sunday, starting at 10 a.m.:

– Gospel sing

Sunday afternoon

– Twin fiddling competition

Those members of the public interested in learning more are encouraged to visit www.fiddlersofsouthdakota.com, e-mail info@fiddlersofsouthdakota.com or contact Ken Nelson at (605) 880-0436.

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