Fiddlers from across Saskatchewan converged on McKenna Hall in Weyburn for the 18th annual Old-Time Fiddle Contest on Saturday afternoon.
Laura Morrissette was the emcee for the day. Fiddlers in the solo classes had to play three tunes, a waltz, a jig and a reel (hornpipe or breakdown), with different classes available for each age level.
One of the categories was the twin fiddle class, where two players play a waltz and a choice tune in harmony. The novelty class is where competitors play a tune of choice in an extraordinary way.
The judges were Donna Hiller-Turk from Forget, Elisa Fawcett from Yellow Grass and Malcolm McLeod from Regina, and they entertained by playing a few tunes for the audience. Jacquie Walbaum was the house accompanist for the fiddlers for the day.
Carol Ellingson collected many nice door prizes from community sponsors and with the help of other volunteers made sure the people coming out to watch the show got their names entered to win those prizes.
After the competition classes were finished all the fiddlers and other musicians had a jam session and door prizes were handed out. The day ended with awarding $1,900 in prize money and trophies for the competitors.
The results of the Weyburn Fiddle Contest were as follows, submitted by contest coordinator Lynn Fawcett.
In the Novice category, for those 12 and under, the trophies were sponsored by Weyburn Security.
First place went to Sophie View of Saskatoon; second went to Rachel Duncan of Estevan; third place went to Jacob Pyra of Estevan; fourth was Anneliese Ottenbreit-Born of Regina, and fifth place went to Shayda King of Corning.
In the Junior category, for those 18 and under, the trophies were sponsored by SaskTel.
First place went to Micah Walbaum of Forget; second was Michaela Zatko of Estevan; third went to Shoni King of Corning; and in fourth place was Rebecca Duncan of Estevan.
The Open class was sponsored by Horner Law and Barber Motors, with first going to Marcus Geiger of Regina, and in second was Amanda McArthur of Regina.
In the Championship Class, sponsored by Great Plains Ford, Weyburn Credit Union and Prairie Sky Co-op, first place went to Raymond Knorr of Regina; second went to Kai Gronberg of Regina, and in third was Alysen German of Regina.
The Twin Fiddling in Harmony class was sponsored by the Weyburn Young Fellows Club, and in first place was Kai Gronberg and Raymond Knorr; second went to Sophie View and Marcus Geiger; and third went to Micah Walbaum and Shoni King.
The Novelty Class, sponsored by the Weyburn Young Fellows, had Kai Gronberg and Raymond Knorr in first place, and Micah Walbaum and Gavin Fleck in second.