Payson Old Time Opry & Fiddlers’ Fest


Fiddlers of all ages will compete in the 42nd Annual Old Time Fiddler’s Contest Sept. 29 and 30 at the Payson Event Center.

Fiddlers of all ages will compete in the 42nd Annual Old Time Fiddler’s Contest Sept. 29 and 30 at the Payson Event Center. Photo by Dennis Fendler. |

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The Payson Old Time Opry will be held Friday, Sept. 28 at the Payson High School Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show starts at 7 p.m.

Scheduled to perform are: Special Consensus, Run Boy Run Band with special appearance by State Champion Michael Rolland and other fiddlin’ friends.

Admission is $7 and tickets are on sale now at the Payson Parks and Rec office in Green Valley Park or at the Chamber of Commerce. 

There are only 1,000 tickets available and last year was a sellout, so get your tickets soon!

The Vertielee Floyd Memorial 42nd Annual Old Time Fiddler’s Contest takes place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30 at the Payson Event Center.

Gates open each morning at 8:30 a.m.

Saturday opening ceremonies will be at 9:30 a.m., with contestant play starting at 10 a.m. The order of the contests: Small Fry, Junior-Junior; Senior; Young Adult; Adult; Cross-Tuned Fiddle; Trick Fiddler; awards ceremony.

Sunday’s schedule: 9 a.m., Gospel program; 11 a.m., contestant play starting with the Championship Division, Round One; Championship Division, Round Two; Twin Fiddling; Fancy Fiddling; awards ceremony.

The Payson Old Time Fiddlers Contest is truly a piece of Arizona history. This event has over 40 years history of celebrating the musical heritage of the pioneers of our great state. The winner of the Old Time Fiddling State Championship honors represents the state at the national competition.

Judges this year are Mickey Long, John Kennedy and Marti White.

Daily admission for the contest is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under.

See www.paysonrimcountry.com.

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