CLOVERDALE OLDTIME

FIDDLE FESTIVAL

Hoedown – a “fast” and lively tune, usually in 2/4 time.

Waltz – a slow or fast tune danceable as a waltz, in 3/4 time.

​Tune-of-choice – any tune that can not be categorized as a hoedown or waltz such as a jig, polka, reel, or schottische.

Rules

Official Rules

The Fiddle Festival Planning Committee reserves the right to change these rules at any time.

  1. Eligibility
    ​This contest is open to any musician. California State Old-Time Fiddle Association membership is not required.
  2. Divisions
    1. Youth Divisions: Old-Time Style - Peewee, Junior Junior, and Junior
    2. Adult Divisions: Old-Time Style –Adult and Senior
    3. Open Divisions: Accompanist, Twin Fiddles, Waltz and Texas Style
  3. Registration
    1. The Early Entry form must be received by March 27th 2017. The Same Day Entry form must be used after March 27th.
    2. Divisions close as they reach the maximum number of contestants allowed, and there are no waiting lists. Early registration is encouraged.
    3. Fiddler numbers and playing order are not available until 20 minutes before a division is scheduled to begin competition. 
    4. Refunds are available by request and at the planning committee’s discretion. Refund requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  4. Contest
    1. Order of appearance on stage is randomly assigned by committee members.
    2. Contestants who are not ready to go on stage when called shall lose their turn and are disqualified with no refund. Contestants must be available at the Fiddle Boss staging area at least 5 minutes before their scheduled appearance. Information will be posted on the screen at the staging area; when you see your number, it’s time to report in. Officials will not search for missing contestants.
    3. Qualifying contestants who are not available to play a second round or a tie-breaker round forfeit their standing in the competition.
    4. Contestants will not be allowed on stage to compete without a completed tune sheet.
    5. Contestants may play without accompaniment or with not more than three accompanists. The contestant must lead at all times; accompanists may not play the melody.
    6. Contact microphones and amplified instruments are not permitted.
    7. Sheet music may not be displayed during competition.
    8. This is an instrumental contest; vocals are not allowed during competition.
    9. Trick or fancy fiddling is not allowed during competition.
    10. Instruments may not be tuned on stage.
  5. Mishaps
    1. If a string breaks during a performance, the contestant has the option to continue playing or to stop. If the contestant chooses to stop, they will be allowed to repeat the interrupted tune and complete their program.
    2. If the judges fail to hear a tune, or part of a tune, the contestant has the option of playing their round over immediately or waiting until the end of the division.
  6. Disputes
    1. ​All questions regarding rules, procedures, and/or personnel should be addressed to the Event Coordinator or Fiddle Boss Chairperson.
    2. Any protest regarding rules or procedures must be submitted in writing to the Event Coordinator.
    3. All decisions of the Judges and/or the Fiddle Festival Committee are final.
  7. Commercial Rights
    ​​​​Recording, photo, and video rights are reserved and become the property of the California State Old Time Fiddlers' Association District 10. Contestants waive such rights by signing the entry form.
  1. Behavior and Dress
    1. Any contestant or accompanist displaying inappropriate behavior, is intoxicated, or under the influence of drugs will not be allowed to perform, forfeits entry fees and prize money, and will be escorted from the premises.
    2. For all performances, contestants are encouraged to wear clothing that reflects the importance of the contest.
    3. Winning contestants must appear on stage to receive their awards.

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Division Rules

YOUTH DIVISIONS

  1. Old-Time Style - Junior-Junior and Pee-Wee
    1. ​​Any danceable folk tune played in an Old-Time style will be accepted.
    2. These divisions are limited to one round consisting of three tunes, a hoedown, a waltz, and a tune-of-choice, with a four-minute time limit. In case of a tie, a tune-of-choice will be played. Contestants may not play any tune more than once in these divisions.
    3. Judging is on the following basis: 25% Style, 25% Rhythm, 25% Clarity/Tone, and 25% Difficulty/Overall Technique.
    4. Any contestant winning first place two years in a row automatically moves up to the next division.
  2. Old-Time Style - Junior
    1. ​Any danceable folk tune played in an Old-Time Style will be accepted.
    2. This division is limited to one round consisting of three tunes, a hoedown, waltz, and tune-of-choice, with a four-minute time limit. In case of a tie, a tune-of-choice will be played. Contestants may not play any tune more than once in this division.
    3. Judging is on the following basis: 25% Style, 25% Rhythm, 25% Clarity/Tone, and 25% Difficulty/ Overall Technique. Scores are cumulative.
    4.  Any contestant winning first place two years in a row must sit out the following year.

ADULT DIVISIONS

  1. Old-Time Style –Adult and Senior
    1. ​Any danceable folk tune played in an Old-Time style will be accepted.
    2. These divisions consists of one round. Round one consists of three tunes, a hoedown, waltz, and tune-of-choice, with a four-minute time limit. 
      In case of a tie, a tune-of-choice will be played. Contestants may not play any tune more than once in this division.
    3. Judging is on the following basis: 25% Style, 25% Rhythm, 25% Clarity/Tone, and 25% Difficulty/Overall Technique. Scores are cumulative.
    4. Any contestant winning first place two years in a row must sit out the following year.

OPEN DIVISIONS

  1. Accompanist
    1. ​Registration is required to compete for prizes. However, it is not necessary to register to serve as an accompanist.
    2. An accompanist who is not a registered contestant must purchase an admission ticket to be admitted to the fairgrounds.
    3. Winner is determined by the number of contestants accompanied on stage, excluding entertainment performances.
  2. Twin Fiddles
    1. ​Contestants may enter this division only once.
    2. If only one twin has registered by the time the division closes, that registered twin is disqualified and does not receive a refund.
    3. Any danceable tune played in Old-Time, Bluegrass, Folk, or other related genres will be accepted.
    4. This division is limited to one round consisting of two tunes, one fast and one slow, with a three-minute time limit. In case of a tie, a fast tune will be played. Contestants may not play any tune more than once in this division.
    5. Judging is on the following basis: 25% Harmony, 25% Rhythm, 25% Clarity/Tone, and 25% Difficulty/Overall Technique.
    6. Any pair of contestants winning first place two years in a row must sit out the following year or may compete with a different partner.
  3. Waltz
    1. Any danceable folk waltz played in an Old-Time style will be accepted.
    2. This division consists of one round of two tunes or a medley, with a three-minute time limit. In case of a tie, a waltz will be played. Contestants may not play any tune more than once in this division.
    3. Judging is based on the following: 25% Style, 25% Rhythm, 25% Clarity/ Tone, and 25% Difficulty/Overall Technique.
    4. Any contestant winning first place two years in a row must sit out the following year.
  4. Texas Style
    1. This division consists of one round. Round One consists of three tunes, a hoedown, waltz, and tune-of-choice. In case of a tie, a tune-of-choice will be played. Contestants may not play any tune more than once in this division.
    2. Judging is on the following basis: 25% Style, 25% Rhythm, 25% Clarity/Tone, and 25% Difficulty/Overall Technique.
    3. Any contestant winning first place two years in a row must sit out the following year.