Old-Time Fiddlers Contest Comes To Payson


The sound of old-time fiddle music will once again echo through the Pines of Payson on Sept. 29 and 30.

This year, the contest will be held at the Houston Mesa Horse Camp, across the street from the Houston Mesa Camp Ground on the north end of Payson.

Fiddlers from all over the state will gather to compete in the Payson Old-Time Fiddlers Championship. Founded in 1970 by a group of citizens, most of whom didn't even play the fiddle, this contest is the oldest two-day show of its type in Arizona and the final winner is recognized as this year's Arizona State Champion Old-Time Fiddler.

The Payson contest is certified by the National Old-Time Fiddle Contest in Weiser, Idaho, and is considered to be the official fiddle contest for the state of Arizona.

Contestants range in age from 10 to 65-plus. Trick fiddling, fancy-fiddling, jam sessions and other types of entertainment are also part of this event.

Food and drinks as well as arts and crafts will also be available from the vendors. The gates open at 9 a.m. each day and admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children per day.

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