59th Fiddle Championship on now until Aug. 9

The 59th Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship takes here Aug. 5 to 9.

The event features Canada’s top fiddlers in competition for more than $17,000 in prizes.

Community events in conjunction with the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Champion­ship include fiddle workshops, camping, 24 hour meal service, a giant fiddle parade featuring the Toronto Police Winged Wheels, an open air market, non-denominational church service and pork barbecue.

The Shelburne show will feature Ottawa Valley stepdancing, vocal selections, and numerous styles of fiddling, including Old Time Canadian, Ottawa Valley, Bluegrass, and Old Time American.

The Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship starts with the playdowns on Aug. 7 at 1pm and 7pm at the Centre Dufferin Recreation Complex (Shelburne Arena). Classes that will compete in the afternoon include the young (age 9 and under, ages 10-12) and the young at heart (age 56 and over). The evening features the remaining classes.

The contest finals happen on Aug. 8 at 6:30pm and will feature entertainment by several young fiddle and stepdancing groups.

Following on its successful return in 2008, a judges’ showcase will also be part of the Saturday night entertainment featuring Webb Acheson, Doug McNaughton, and April Verch. Thwill start at 6:30pm.

For more information visit www.shelburnefiddlecontest.on.ca.