The Certification and Advisory Board, in cooperation with the National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest, established the plan of certifying fiddling contests to insure that oldtime fiddling activities throughout the nation were being coordinated in a professional and positive manner.
National certification is no easy task. Certification by the National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest requires certain rules and methods be followed and has a heavy emphasis on judging guidelines. “The fact that we had a very successful competition last year that adhered to the National’s rules and standards smoothed the way for our continued certification approval” says Contest Director Ed Carnes. “We were looked at closely, we were reviewed extremely favorably, and we were approved for another year. We are the only Nationally Certified fiddle competition in the entire state of Kentucky”.
Being a Certified contest means that the winners of each of the fiddle categories at the contest will receive special recognition during the U.S. National Championship including: National Certificate of Award; inclusion in the special Certified Showcase Contest during the National Contest; a special ribbon at the National Contest to identify them as a Certified winner; prepaid registration to the National Contest; and their picture will be displayed for a year in the National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest Hall of Fame in Idaho and at the yearly contest. The 2012 Twin Lakes Small Fry Champion, David Lin, won a Best Fiddler award in the Certified Winners Contest in Weiser, Idaho this year.
Winning a certified contest is highly attractive to fiddlers and has given even more emphasis to an event that is now one of the major fiddling events in the entire region.
The Fiddle contest will be held Saturday, July 20, 2013 on the Courthouse Square in Leitchfield, beginning at 10 a.m.