60 Years of Canadas Premier Fiddle Championship

The 60th Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship takes place here Aug. 4 to 8.

Sponsored by the Shelburne Rotary Club, the event features Canada’s top fiddlers in com­petition for more than $17,000 in prizes.

Community events in con­junction with the cham­pionship include camping, a giant fiddle parade featuring the Metro­politan Toronto Police Winged Wheels, an open air market, non-denominational church service, meals served 24 hour a day, and a community barbe­cue.

New this year will be a Saturday morning fiddle jam (in addition to the Friday morning one) and a fiddle and step-dancing show following the parade on Saturday after­noon.

Scott Woods returns

On Aug. 5 at 7:30pm, Shelburne welcomes back Can­a­dian Open Old Time Fiddle Champion and Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion Scott Woods, of Fergus.

Two-time winner of the Canadian Open contest, two-time winner of the Canadian Grand Masters championships, and Canadian Fiddle Enter­tainer of the Year are perhaps Woods’ most-prized titles, but he has won competitions and performed throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.

Woods can turn somersaults and step dance while playing the fiddle. For seven years he was the musical director and played the part of Don Messer in Memories of Don Messer’s Jubilee which toured exten­sively in Canada. For more information about Woods, visit www.scottwoods.ca.


The championship starts with playdowns on Aug. 6 at 1pm and 7pm at the Shelburne arena. Classes that will com­pete in the afternoon include the young (9 and under, 12 and under) and (56 and over). The evening features the remaining classes.

The contest finals are on Aug. 7 at 6:30pm, and will feat­ure entertainment by sev­eral young fiddle and step­dancing groups, as well as the recently revived judges’ show­case. In recognition of the 60th anniversary of the champion­ship, past champions will also perform as part of the Saturday evening entertainment.

Tickets include:

– an event package at  $40 for adults: $40 and $20 for child­ren12 and under);

– Scott Woods Show, Aug. 6, 7:30pm, adults: $20 and children: $10 (12 and under);

– Competition playdowns, adults $10 and children: $3;

– fiddle championship, adults: $20 and children,$10.

Tickets are available by phone at 519-925-8620.

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