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2nd annual Des Moines Area Fiddle Contest at the Des Moines Area Bluegrass Festival, Johnston, Iowa, February 24, 2018. Fiddlers of all ages are invited to participate and professional judges will provide feedback and suggestions for each contestant. Over $500 in cash prizes are given out including four different age categories. Pre-register at Our mission is to promote fiddling as a friendly, fun and competitive endeavor and work to establish a world class fiddle community in our mighty fine state of Iowa! Rules are available upon request, but the basic format is 1) hoedown or breakdown 2) waltz 3) tune of choice, no sheet music on stage allowed and 1-2 accompanists are welcome to play with each contestant. (We will likely have a guitarist on hand for contestants who need someone on site although the rehearsal time for these contestants can be minimal!)

Celtic Fiddle Camp at the Schoolhouse, Avoca, Nebraska, March 14-16, 2018. For fiddlers, violists, mandolinists, guitarists, recorder players, and ukulele players. Music from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales will be featured. The sessions will be led by championship fiddler and author, Deborah Greenblatt. Musicians can sign up for 1 day, or 2 days, or all 3 days.Info: Deborah Greenblatt at or call 402-275-3221;;

42nd Cloverdale Fiddle Contest & Festival, April 7, 2018, Cloverdale, California. Contest, vendor booths, food, live entertainment, and jamming. Held at the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds (Cloverdale Citrus Fair) by California Old Time Fiddler's Association District 10. For more information, visit

Nevada State Old-Time Fiddlers' Contest, Eureka Opera House, Eureka, Nevada, May 18-19, 2018. May 18: 5 p.m. dinner; 6:30 performance by "Sierra Silver Strings"; 7:30 hot fiddle contest; jam session. May 19: 8:30 a.m. registration; 9:30 contest begins. Certified by the National Old-Time Fiddlers' Contest; open to Nevada and non-Nevada residents. Free admittance to public. For information, contact Kim Russell at or (775) 237-5347.