Fiddling Fun In Rim Country Takes Place Sept. 25-26


Fiddle music by tots to senior citizens will provide lots of fun in the Rim Country next weekend.

The 40th Arizona State Fiddle Championships will be held Saturday, Sept. 25 and Sunday, Sept. 26 at the Payson Event Center.

Preceding the contest will be a special program at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24 — The Old Time Opry concert at the Payson High School Auditorium featuring Providence and The Desert Sons with special friends. The music will include bluegrass and old-time western tunes and the event is only $5 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at the Parks, Recreation and Tourism office in Green Valley Park or the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, 100 W. Main St., Payson.

The fiddling contests start at 10 a.m., Saturday and run through 3:30 p.m., with a jam session starting at 6 p.m.; Sunday the championship division first round begins at 11 a.m. Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. Event center gates open at 8:30 a.m. both days.

Saturday schedule

8:30 a.m. – Gates open

9:30 a.m. – Opening ceremonies

10 a.m. – Small Fry division

10:40 a.m. – Junior Junior division

11:20 a.m. – Entertainment

Noon – Trick fiddling

12:30 p.m. – Junior division

1:10 p.m. – Senior division

1:50 p.m. – Young Adult division

2:20 p.m. – Adult division

3 p.m. – Cross-Tuned division

6 p.m. – Jam Concert, $5 admission

Sunday schedule

8:30 a.m. – Gates open

9 a.m. – Gospel time

11 a.m. – Championship division, first round

Noon – Fancy Fiddling

12:30 p.m. – Championship division, second round

1:30 p.m. – Twin Fiddling

2 p.m. – Awards ceremony

The champion from the 2009 event, Andrew Donald, has gone on to earn the national title for the young adult division.

Read more about him and the 2010 Fiddle Festival in the Sept. 22 Rim Review.


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