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81st Annual Tucson Fiddle Contest

Saturday March 11, 2023
9 AM - 5 PM
Historic Steam Pump Ranch in Oro Valley, Arizona - 10901 N Oracle Rd, Oro Valley, AZ 85737

Over $500 in prizes!
The cost to participate and attend is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets. 

The Tucson Fiddle Contest first began in 1940 and is a public event dedicated to celebrating and promoting the joy of fiddle music. The contest draws 40 participants each year from across the southwest and hundreds of attendees. Our 2023 event travels to a new location, Steam Pump Ranch in Oro Valley, and will take place in conjunction with the Second Saturdays farmers market. The event is supported by the Arizona Old-Time Fiddlers Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose objective is to preserve, promote and perpetuate the art of old time fiddling, to encourage all people, young and old, to develop their musical talents.

Registration begins at 9 AM. Registration will be capped at 10 contestants per division. Pre-Registration is encouraged but not required.

Age Divisions:

  • Pee Wee (0-8)
  • Junior-Junior (Ages 9-12)
  • Junior (13 - 17)
  • Young Adult (18 - 39)
  • Adult (40 - 64)
  • Senior (65-74)
  • Young at Heart (75 up)

Thank you to local artist Syndenn Sweet for our 2023 logo design! You can learn more about her music, recording studio, and illustrations at her website


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