2017 ISU Fiddle Contest

May 20, 2017

Welcome to The First Annual ISU Fiddle Contest!

Get out your fiddle and rosin up your bow for the first annual Idaho State University Fiddle Competition on May 20, 2017! Come celebrate National Fiddle Day by attending a historical event right here in Pocatello, ID. Come out and watch some of the nation’s best fiddlers compete for the championship title, and enjoy an evening of music, entertainment, and fun at the ISU Fine Arts Building in Pocatello, Idaho. Registration is now open for contestants and ticket are on sale now. Stay tuned for more updates about judges, accompanists, sponsors, and prize money! We can’t wait to see you in May!
If you have a question that needs an immediate answer, please feel free to call us!  

Shelby Murdock (208) 757 7739

ONLINE REGISTRATION  Or  Print Registration Form and Mail to:

Idaho State Civic Symphony
P.O. Box 8099
Pocatello, ID. 83209-0009

* Please make checks payable to Idaho State Civic Symphony with a note to the Fiddle Contest

Tentative Schedule

Saturday May 20, 2017
Goranson Hall (Building #11)

7:30 - 8:30  Late Registration
8:30 - 8:45 Judges Meeting

9:00-10:00 Small Fry rd 1

10:05-11:05 Jr. Jr. rd 1

11:10-12:10 Adult  rd 1

Lunch Break

 1:00-2:00 Jr. rd. 1

2:05-3:05 Champ rd. 1

3:10-3:35 Small Fry final

3:40-4:10 Jr. Jr. final

4:15-4:40 Adult final

4:45-5:25 Champ rd. 2

5:30-6:00 Jackpot Harmony Division

Awards for Small fry, Jr.Jr., Adult, & Jackpot Harmony divisions

Dinner Break (doors open for night show at 7:00) $5 a ticket, seating is first come first serve.
7:30-8:00 Judges Show, youngest & oldest fiddler, harmony winners perform

8:05-8:30 Jr. Finals

8:35-9:00 Champ Finals

9:00-9:30 Entertainment division

Awards for Jr., Championship, Entertainment


* Small Fry, Junior Junior, Junior, & Adult will have 2 rounds, Championship 3 rounds, Entertainment 1 round, and Jackpot Harmony 1 round.

* Times are subject to change based off of how many competitors per division, and breaks for the judges. This is just an estimate; please arrive early for your division.


Prize Money!
Division 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Championship $800 $500 $400 $300 $200
Adult (18+) $200 $150 $100 $75 $50
Junior (13-18) $200 $150 $100 $75 $50
Junior Junior (9-12) $100 $75 $50 $40 $30
Small Fry (0-8) $100 $75 $50 $40 $30
Entertainment $300 $200 $100 $75 $50

The fiddle contest is free and open to the public during the day. Tickets will need to be purchased for the night show that begins at 7:30 that evening. Contestants and accompanists wearing their nametags will get into the night show for free.

Tickets are $5 a piece, anyone 12 and under is free. Seating is first come, first serve.

Tickets can be ordered ONLINE HERE  or at the door.
Parking & Food
A map of the ISU Campus is attached below. Parking on the day of the contest is free in lot G01, which is conveniently located next to the competition venue. Food trucks will be located in this parking lot throughout the day as well. Other eateries to choose from nearby are: McDonalds, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Subway, and local coffee shops, bagelry’s, and diners.

This fiddle contest will have minimal rules.
Rule #1 The contestant must play a hoedown, waltz, and tune of choice (except for in the entertainment division where any tune and instrument is welcome to enter, there will be a 5 minute time limit for the entertainment division). Please do not repeat tunes. Only two tunes are to be played (a fast one and a slow one) in the jackpot harmony division.
Rule #2 The judges decisions are final.
*Red Lion Hotel
1555 Pocatello Creek Rd. Pocatello, ID. 83201
1 (208) 233-2200

Special Rate of $92.95 (double queen/King - includes Breakfast!)

Ask for Fiddle Contest Discount! Make sure to book before May 6, 2017 for discount!
*Holt Arena Parking Lot
Dry camping available for free at the Holt Arena Parking Lot (area 60 on the map)

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Shelby Murdock at (208) 757-7739



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© Idaho State Civic Symphony 2017