Canada’s top fiddle championship celebrates 59 years

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

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Shelburne, with part­ners Dufferin Mutual Insurance Company and Forecast Group, the event features Canada’s top fiddlers in competition for over $17,000 in prizes.

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

On Aug. 6 at 7:30pm, the Shelburne Rotary Club wel­comes Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle champion and Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle champion April Verch and her band. The show will feature Ottawa Valley step dancing, vocal selections, and numerous styles of fiddling.

The championship starts with the playdowns on Aug. 7 at 1 and 7 pm at the Centre Dufferin Recreation. Classes that will compete in the after­noon include the young (age 9 and under, ages 10 to 12) and 56 and over. The evening features the remaining classes.

The contest finals are on Aug. 8 at 6:30pm and will feat­ure entertainment by several young fiddle and step dancing groups: The entertainment will start at 6:30pm.

There are numerous ticket packages and options.

Tickets are available at Holmes Appliances and Music Shop, 147 Main Street West, Shel­burne, or by phone at 519-925-8620. For more information visit