Recession Buster: Fiddle Fer Dollars at the Missouri State Fair

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This just in from the Missouri State Fair, attention fiddlers -- or just out-of-work violinists -- out there, you can win some cool cash by performing, one month from today, your best hoedown, waltz and a tune-of-choice at the Missourah Missouri State Fair.
Missouri State Fair News
Fiddling Earns Cash at the Missouri State Fair
(JULY 22, 2009,SEDALIA, MO) -- Missouri fiddlers can pick up bows in anticipation of picking up some of the $1,500 in cash prize money at the Missouri State Fair Fiddling Championship Contest on August 23 in Sedalia.
The sanctioned event will be held at the Touchstone Energy Stage on day 11 of the Missouri State Fair with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m. The contest begins at 1:30 p.m. and will continue until about 5 p.m. or when the competition is complete.
The stage is located under a large tent with seating to accommodate the crowd that traditionally gathers to enjoy the lively music, which is free to the public with Fair admission.
"We attract great talent every year," said Allen Wyatt, the contest superintendent. "It's a wonderful opportunity for people to display their fiddling skills or just kick back and enjoy the music." 
According to Wyatt, contestants will vie for sizable cash incentives along with plaques and ribbons in three divisions, sponsored in part by Wyatt Violin Shop and KC Strings: the junior division is for those ages 16 and under, the senior division is for those ages 60 and older, and the open division is for all ages.
The contest will also include for the first time a play-off division.  Winners of the junior, senior and open divisions will compete for the titleMissouri State Fiddling Championwith a special trophy awarded as well as additional prize money.
Each contestant will play a hoedown, a waltz and a tune-of-choice. Wyatt said that the contest requires that all selections be danceable in terms of meter, tempo and style.  The number of rounds in each division and the number of contestants called back will be determined by Wyatt at contest time. There will also be a guitar accompaniment contest with one division open for those of all ages. 
For contest rules and regulations, visit the Fair's Premium Guide at, an online resource for competition information.  Wyatt can be reached at 816-252-5656 or [email protected] 
Fiddler competitors are among an estimated 30,000 exhibitors expected during the 11 day event.  In addition to showcasing livestock and competitive exhibits, the 396 acres will also boast crowd-pleasing free entertainment like the new Rainforest Experience Live show, sponsored by Sprint WL, and Bixby's Rainforest Encounters as well as The Amazing Anastasini Circus sponsored by McDonald's.  Visit for a preview of this year's lineup.
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