Competition Rules

General Rules
  • Registration will be accepted up to Thursday,July 4 at 5 pm, 2019 as space permits. Early registration recommended
  • Contestants may enter one class only in Fiddle, and one class only in Step Dance * [see exception - Group Rules # 6]
  • Contestants may use their own or house accompanists, one instrument only, no recorded music (Piano Chords appreciated for house accompanists).
  • Contestants are responsible to be on time at the stage for their performance,
  • All Contestants must compete in the Preliminary Competition.
  • Three finalists in all classes will compete in the Finals, with the exception of the 9 Years and under Class and the 10-12 Years Classes where up to four finalists will compete.
  • The decision of the judges is final.
  • Contestants are admitted free to all events of the Festival excluding Friday and Saturday Night's Program. 1st Place Contestants will have free admission to Friday and Saturday night.
  • Accompanists admitted free to events in which they play.
  • Order of play is determined by organizers.
  • First place winners will be invited to perform on Saturday night during the Festival of Stars.
  • There is a maximum of three consecutive First Place finishes in any single category.
  • Contestants must play: waltz, jig and reel in that order.
  • Time Limit : 4 minutes.
  • Tunes must be of accepted old-time variety.
  • Accompanists may chord or play melody.
  • All judging is based on contest rules - time, tone, technique, and over-all accuracy.
  • The only instrument which may be used by the contestant is a fiddle.
  • A group is defined as minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 fiddlers.
  • Each participant must play a fiddle.
  • Each group may have one accompanist, no recorded music.
  • Tunes - waltz and old time tune of their choice, in that order.
  • Time limit: 4 minutes.
  • Group participants may compete in one other fiddle class and one step dance class.
  • Each Contestant must dance a reel.
  • Time Limit: 3 minutes.
  • A re-dance will be allowed in case of an accident – judges’ decision.
  • Contestants judged on: Timing, Execution, Variety of Steps, and Presentation.
  • No recorded music.