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This is the home of the Black Warrior River Fiddle Fest.
We also have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/alabamafiddle/
The 2016 Fiddle Fest will be held in Government Plaza in downtown Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Friday-Saturday, June 10-11, 2016.
This is a change of venue from last year.
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/EuQ27Efad2L2
There will be a grand total of $7500 in prizes for the top 5 places in each of 14 divisions
There will be Arts/Crafts and many family friendly activities to complement a day of great music.
Download a flyer to advertise this event and learn more about the prize money being offered!

Here are some highlights from last year's event.


Schedule of Events


Friday, June 10, 2016, 5:00 p.m.
3 divisions/open mike/no finals

Harmonica: 1st - $100, 2nd $75, 3rd $50, 4th $25, 5th $15
Dulcimer: 1st - $100, 2nd $75, 3rd $50, 4th $25, 5th $15
Mandolin: 1st - $100, 2nd $75, 3rd $50, 4th $25, 5th $15

Saturday, June 11, 2016
Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.
Contest begins at 10:00 a.m.
Finals for divisions with finals in the evening.

Divisions with finals
Senior Fiddle (ages 60 and up): 1st - $500, 2nd $350, 3rd $250, 4th $150, 5th $100
Adult Fiddle (16-59): 1st - $500, 2nd $350, 3rd $250, 4th $150, 5th $100
Junior Fiddle (ages 11-15): 1st - $300, 2nd $200, 3rd $100, 4th $75, 5th $50
Bluegrass Bands: 1st - $500, 2nd $350, 3rd $250, 4th $150, 5th $100

Divisions without finals
Small Frye Fiddle (10 & under): 1st - $100, 2nd $75, 3rd $50, 4th $25, 5th $15
Guitar: 1st - $100, 2nd $75, 3rd $50, 4th $25, 5th $15
Banjo: 1st - $100, 2nd $75, 3rd $50, 4th $25, 5th $15
Buck Dancing (10 & under): 1st - $50, 2nd $40, 3rd $30, 4th $20, 5th $10
Buck Dancing (11 - 20): 1st - $50, 2nd $40, 3rd $30, 4th $20, 5th $10
Buck Dancing (21 & up): 1st - $50, 2nd $40, 3rd $30, 4th $20, 5th $10
Fiddle Off $500 & Trophy


CONTEST RULES

General Regulations for all events:
  1. The contest rules and regulations may be amended at the judges' discretion.
  2. Judges' decisions are final.
  3. Judges are not permitted to enter or play in any category.
  4. No electrical instruments or drums will be permitted in any category.
  5. No contestant will be permitted to register for any category after the registration for that category has closed. After registering, all contestants will draw for position at the staging area. No exceptions will be made.
  6. Contestant must be present and ready for entry on stage when name is called from staging area. Late arrivals and no-shows will be eliminated. Allowances may be made for broken strings and other happenings judged to be beyond contestant's control.
  7. Judges will not be allowed to advise contestants in their selection of tune to be played.

Rules for Buckdancing/Clogging:
This is a "no holds barred" clogging/buckdancing event. Taps may be used.
Judging criteria:
  1. Rhythm and Timing (20 points) The rhythm and timing should be even and consistent.
  2. Creativity (20 points)
  3. Authentic Performance Style (20 points)
  4. Expression (20 points) The judges will look for the "feeling" that the contestant puts into the performance. Unfeeling performances will result in lost points, as will excessive "showmanship."
  5. Execution (20 points) The judges will look for the overall manner in which the contestant presents the dance, to include the execution of the start and finish.
In summary, each judging category has a potential of 20 points, for a possible score of 100 points overall.
High/low scores will not be thrown out.

Rules for Adult fiddle (16-59), Junior Fiddle (11-15), and Senior Fiddle (60+):
Judging criteria:
  1. Rhythm and Timing (20 points) The rhythm and timing should be even and consistent.
  2. Creativity (20 points) The judges will listen for minor variations and improvisations. However, the creativity should not be so excessive as to destroy the basic melody line of the tune.
  3. Authentic Performance Style (20 points) Excessive and indiscriminate changes in a tune, making the performance unclear or unrecognizable, will result in a loss of points.
  4. Expression (20 points) The judges will listen for the "feeling" that the contestant puts into the performance. Flat, mechanical, and unfeeling performances will result in lost points, as will excessive "showmanship."
  5. Execution (20 points) The judges will listen for the tonal quality and clarity of the performance, together with the general command of the instrument.
In summary, each judging category has a potential of 20 points, for a possible score of 100 points overall.
The final score for each contestant will be the average of the points earned from both tunes.
High/low scores will not be thrown out.
Points scored in the eliminations will not be carried over to finals.
All contestants are urged to consider the placement of microphones and the efforts of the persons responsible for the sound system.
Both are there to help the contestants be heard clearly by the judges and audience alike.
The judges will judge exactly what they hear.
An instrument too close or too far away from a microphone could distort or drop out the sound, resulting in a loss of points.
Please make sure your instruments are "miked" properly prior to your performance.

Rules for Small Fry Fiddle (age 10 & under):
Contestant will perform one tune of his or her choice, one round only, may have three backups.
The judges feel that the following tunes are overplayed at contests and will not be allowed in this contest: Orange Blossom Special, Listen to the Mockingbird, and Black Mountain Rag. Thank you for your understanding. Judging criteria:
  1. Rhythm and Timing (20 points) The rhythm and timing should be even and consistent.
  2. Creativity (20 points) The judges will listen for minor variations and improvisations. However, the creativity should not be so excessive as to destroy the basic melody line of the tune.
  3. Authentic Performance Style (20 points) Excessive and indiscriminate changes in a tune, making the performance unclear or unrecognizable, will result in a loss of points.
  4. Expression (20 points) The judges will listen for the "feeling" that the contestant puts into the performance. Flat, mechanical, and unfeeling performances will result in lost points, as will excessive "showmanship."
  5. Execution (20 points) The judges will listen for the tonal quality and clarity of the performance, together with the general command of the instrument.
In summary, each judging category has a potential of 20 points, for a possible score of 100 points overall.
High/low scores will not be thrown out.
All contestants are urged to consider the placement of microphones and the efforts of the persons responsible for the sound system.
Both are there to help the contestants be heard clearly by the judges and audience alike.
The judges will judge exactly what they hear.
An instrument too close or too far away from a microphone could distort or drop out the sound, resulting in a loss of points.
Please make sure your instruments are "miked" properly prior to your performance.

Rules for Bluegrass Bands:
Judging criteria:
  1. Rhythm and Timing (20 points) The rhythm and timing should be even and consistent.
  2. Creativity (20 points) The judges will listen for minor variations and improvisations. However, the creativity should not be so excessive as to destroy the basic melody line of the tune.
  3. Authentic Performance Style (20 points) Excessive and indiscriminate changes in a tune, making the performance unclear or unrecognizable, will result in a loss of points.
  4. Expression (20 points) The judges will listen for the "feeling" that the contestant puts into the performance. Flat, mechanical, and unfeeling performances will result in lost points, as will excessive "showmanship."
  5. Execution (20 points) The judges will listen for the tonal quality and clarity of the performance, together with the general command of the instrument.
In summary, each judging category has a potential of 20 points, for a possible score of 100 points overall.
The final score for each contestant will be the average of the points earned from both tunes.
High/low scores will not be thrown out.
Points scored in eliminations will not be carried over into finals.
All contestants are urged to consider the placement of microphones and the efforts of the persons responsible for the sound system.
Both are there to help the contestants be heard clearly by the judges and audience alike.
The judges will judge exactly what they hear.
An instrument too close or too far away from a microphone could distort or drop out the sound, resulting in a loss of points.
Please make sure your instruments are "miked" properly prior to your performance.

Rules for Banjo, Guitar, and Mandolin:
Judging criteria:
  1. Rhythm and Timing (20 points) The rhythm and timing should be even and consistent.
  2. Creativity (20 points) The judges will listen for minor variations and improvisations. However, the creativity should not be so excessive as to destroy the basic melody line of the tune.
  3. Authentic Performance Style (20 points) Excessive and indiscriminate changes in a tune, making the performance unclear or unrecognizable, will result in a loss of points.
  4. Expression (20 points) The judges will listen for the "feeling" that the contestant puts into the performance. Flat, mechanical, and unfeeling performances will result in lost points, as will excessive "showmanship."
  5. Execution (20 points) The judges will listen for the tonal quality and clarity of the performance, together with the general command of the instrument.
In summary, each judging category has a potential of 20 points, for a possible score of 100 points overall.
The final score for each contestant will be the average of the points earned from both tunes.
High/low scores will not be thrown out.
All contestants are urged to consider the placement of microphones and the efforts of the persons responsible for the sound system.
Both are there to help the contestants be heard clearly by the judges and audience alike.
The judges will judge exactly what they hear.
An instrument too close or too far away from a microphone could distort or drop out the sound, resulting in a loss of points.
Please make sure your instruments are "miked" properly prior to your performance.

Rules for Dulcimer:
Judging criteria:
  1. Rhythm and Timing (20 points) The rhythm and timing should be even and consistent.
  2. Creativity (20 points) The judges will listen for minor variations and improvisations. However, the creativity should not be so excessive as to destroy the basic melody line of the tune.
  3. Authentic Performance Style (20 points) Excessive and indiscriminate changes in a tune, making the performance unclear or unrecognizable, will result in a loss of points.
  4. Expression (20 points) The judges will listen for the "feeling" that the contestant puts into the performance. Flat, mechanical, and unfeeling performances will result in lost points, as will excessive "showmanship."
  5. Execution (20 points) The judges will listen for the tonal quality and clarity of the performance, together with the general command of the instrument.
In summary, each judging category has a potential of 20 points, for a possible score of 100 points overall.
The final score for each contestant will be the average of the points earned from both tunes.
High/low scores will not be thrown out.
All contestants are urged to consider the placement of microphones and the efforts of the persons responsible for the sound system.
Both are there to help the contestants be heard clearly by the judges and audience alike.
The judges will judge exactly what they hear.
An instrument too close or too far away from a microphone could distort or drop out the sound, resulting in a loss of points.
Please make sure your instruments are "miked" properly prior to your performance.

Rules for Harmonica:
Judging criteria:
  1. Rhythm and Timing (20 points) The rhythm and timing should be even and consistent.
  2. Creativity (20 points) The judges will listen for minor variations and improvisations. However, the creativity should not be so excessive as to destroy the basic melody line of the tune.
  3. Authentic Performance Style (20 points) Excessive and indiscriminate changes in a tune, making the performance unclear or unrecognizable, will result in a loss of points.
  4. Expression (20 points) The judges will listen for the "feeling" that the contestant puts into the performance. Flat, mechanical, and unfeeling performances will result in lost points, as will excessive "showmanship."
  5. Execution (20 points) The judges will listen for the tonal quality and clarity of the performance, together with the general command of the instrument.
In summary, each judging category has a potential of 20 points, for a possible score of 100 points overall.
The final score for each contestant will be the average of the points earned from both tunes.
High/low scores will not be thrown out.
All contestants are urged to consider the placement of microphones and the efforts of the persons responsible for the sound system.
Both are there to help the contestants be heard clearly by the judges and audience alike.
The judges will judge exactly what they hear.
An instrument too close or too far away from a microphone could distort or drop out the sound, resulting in a loss of points.
Please make sure your instruments are "miked" properly prior to your performance.