Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, musicians and non-musicians alike; you are all invited to attend the second annual Fiddlers on the Peak Fiddle and Pickin’ Contest at the Chewelah Peak Learning Center on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, 2013.
The weekend gets underway on Friday afternoon at 3:30 with workshops. There will be fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and beginner banjo workshops offered. Workshops are a great way to get started on an instrument that you’ve always wanted to play or to expand your knowledge and abilities on an instrument that you have played for years. Each workshop costs $16 a person and will be about an hour long.
A dinner of BBQ Spare Ribs, Dry Rubbed Chicken, Corn on the Cob, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, Rolls, and a Dessert will be prepared by the Peak’s chef Patrick Sawyer. It will be served at 6 p.m.
After the dinner you will be in for a treat as the Entertainment Division gets started at 7 p.m. Contestants (soloists or groups) who have entered this division, will compete to be the most entertaining performance of the evening. Scott Schlafman from KCHW 102.7 Chewelah Community Radio and Officer John Bowers from the Chewelah Police Dept. will judge each entry and will score each performance on Costume, Stage Presence, Musical Ability, and Audience Response. It is sure to be an enjoyable evening, If you enjoy shows like America’s Got Talent, then you will not want to miss out on the fun of Friday night.
Tickets for the dinner are available at Valley Drug and The Independent. They will also be available at the door. Ticket prices are $20 for an Adult and $10 for a Child (12 and under). The ticket price includes the dinner, show (Entertainment Division), and a weekend pass to the contest. If you are only interested in coming to the show and/or contest, it is $5 per person or $20.00 per family (immediate family only) at the door.
The Fiddle and Pickin’ Contest starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 1. (Registration is open at 8 a.m.) The day will be filled with music and the awards ceremony will wrap things up at around 8 p.m. But feel free to come and go throughout the day or just come up for an hour or so to see what’s happening. Contests are a lot of fun for the whole family. And if you enjoy fiddle music, or any kind of music, you will have a great time. It’s amazing to see all of the talent out there in the world as Fiddlers and Pickers alike come from near and far to compete and have fun.
The Fiddle contest is broken up into six different divisions or age groups. The division for the youngest fiddlers, ages 0-8, is called the Small Fry Division and the division for the oldest fiddlers, ages 60 and above, is called the Senior Division. There are three other age divisions in between the Small Fry and the Senior. And there is one division, The Championship Division, which is open to all ages. Each contestant will play three songs in their first round; a Hoedown, a Waltz, and a Tune of Choice (other than a hoedown or a waltz). Each contestant is scored on Intonation (notes that are not sharp or flat), Timing, Dance Ability, and Overall Fiddling Ability. The scores are then tallied and the contestants with the highest scores are advanced to round number two. For the second round each contestant must play a Hoedown, Waltz, and Tune of Choice that are different than the ones that they played in the first round. Scores from the first and second round are combined for the final scores as the contestants wait around for the awards ceremony to find out where they placed.
The Pickin’ Contest that will take place in the afternoon will proceed much like the Fiddle Contest, except that the pickers only have to play two songs for their rounds – a fast song and a slow song. The Pickin’ Contest is open for all instruments that can be “picked” such as a guitar, mandolin, or banjo.
Another competition that is going on in the midst of the Fiddle and Pickin’ Contest is the competition of the accompanists. Each Fiddle and Pickin’ contestant chooses 1-3 accompanists, or back-up players. They keep the rhythm for the contestants, playing a guitar, mandolin, banjo, or even a stand-up bass. Each time an accompanist is on stage, it is kept track of and the accompanist who is on stage the greatest number of times wins the Accompanist Division.
So, if you did not get a chance to come to the peak last year, you will not want to miss out again this year. Whether you are interested in taking a workshop, attending the dinner and show on Friday night, competing in the contest, or you just want to come and hear some very talented musicians, please come up and experience the family fun of a fiddle contest.
A Banjo will be raffled off over the weekend. There will also be a silent auction to support the contest. It will end at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Northwest Tees will be screen printing T-shirts on site and there will be inexpensive meals available all day Saturday.
We would like to thank all of those who have donated money and time to make this event possible for another year in the Chewelah area. Contests have been slowly dying and it’s because it takes a lot of time and resources to put one together. So, thank you to all those who have helped! Your generosity is much appreciated.
For more information about the contest and information about competing in the contest, please visit our web site at … www.fiddlersonthepeak.com or you can call Steve or Stacey McNeil at (509) 936-1545.
Article Submitted by Alley McNeil
In This Photo: Paul Dickerson of Spokane and Macy Morgan of Addy perform at the 2012 Fiddlers on the Peak.