51st Annual Montana State Fiddle Contest

August 23-25, 2019

 The Montana State Fiddle Contest is held annually. It is open to residents and non-residents of all ages.   

2019 contest will be held in Lincoln, MT at the Wilderness. 



Contest Divisions

Peewee (8 and under)

Junior Junior (9-12)

Junior (13-17)

Adult (18-59)

Senior (60 and up)

Novice (18 and up)

Championship (open to all)

Jackpot Dance Fiddle** (open to all)

Jackpot Twin Fiddle** (open to all)

Jackpot Gamblers** (open to all)

Jackpot No Holds Barred/ Entertainment** (open to all)

Accompanist* (open to all)

Picking (open to all) 


*Accompanists who are not competing in the fiddle competition must be registered to be eligible for an accompanist award 

**Winner takes all in jackpot divisions


Prize Money and Awards

Division           1st              2nd             3rd

PeeWee*         $100          $50             $25

Jr. Jr.               $100          $50             $25

Junior             $100          $50             $25

Adult               $100          $50             $25

Senior             $100          $50             $25

Novice            $100          $50             $25

Accomp.**     $100          $50             $25 (placement will be based on number of times on stage)

Picking**        $100          $50             $25

Champion***$500        $300           $150


Entertainment /No Holds Barred Jackpot (winner takes all)

Gamblers Jackpot (winner takes all)

Dance Fiddle Jackpot (winner takes all)

Twin Fiddle Jackpot (winners take all)


* The PeeWee Champion will also receive a Rainbow fiddle bow generously donated by JayDean Ludiker. The winner will get to choose the size and colors for their new bow. 

** The Picking and Accompanist division winners will also be awarded a custom guitar strap made by Jeff Lincoln. 

*** The Championship winner will also be awarded the Championship belt buckle hand crafted by Montana Silver Smiths. 

Awards for youngest, oldest, Hall of Fame Inductee, and most popular fiddler will also be awarded. Trophies will be awarded for the top three in each age category and for the winners of all other divisions. 


Free Pre-Registration

Pre-register and get a free T-shirt!

All contestants will receive a free contest shirt. Pre-Register and make sure we have your size when you get there!

2019 MSOTFA Contest Shirt Logo

2019 MSOTFA Contest Shirt Logo

Contest Rules