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Jul 25, 2021 - 12:36:46 PM
1464 posts since 7/26/2015

How many fiddle contests do y'all know of where they let people know the scores for people other than the finalists? I remember being able to see the total points for every fiddle contestant at 1890s Day Jamboree in Ringgold, Georgia. I think Weiser, Idaho will mail you your scoresheet, but I'm not sure. I'm particularly interested in festivals in the southern states, especially those east of the Mississippi River.

Edited by - soppinthegravy on 07/25/2021 12:37:19

Jul 25, 2021 - 1:10:59 PM

2394 posts since 10/22/2007

There was a contest in Yankton, South Dakota, where they mailed me my judges sheets. Now you'll want to see them. If I run across them, I show them, but it's been at least ten years. They still have the contest, I recon. And I don't throw stuff like that away.

Jul 26, 2021 - 5:23:59 AM
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carlb

USA

2349 posts since 2/2/2008

They used to post at Clifftop, but when contestants started giving the volunteers are hard time about their scores, they quit posting them.

Jul 26, 2021 - 9:08:28 AM

1464 posts since 7/26/2015

We're these volunteers they were bothering involved in the judging? 
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Originally posted by carlb

They used to post at Clifftop, but when contestants started giving the volunteers are hard time about their scores, they quit posting them.


Jul 26, 2021 - 10:00:51 AM
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carlb

USA

2349 posts since 2/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by soppinthegravy
We're these volunteers they were bothering involved in the judging? 
quote:
Originally posted by carlb

They used to post at Clifftop, but when contestants started giving the volunteers are hard time about their scores, they quit posting them.


 


Absolutely not the judges. They were people sitting at the tables who were helping to register folks or providing information about the festival or other West Virginia events. They didn't need to hear that crap.

Jul 26, 2021 - 10:27:43 AM

1464 posts since 7/26/2015

Certainly not. I wish they still showed the scores, though. Do you know if many of the complainers were good fiddlers? Bluegrassers? Texas style?
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Originally posted by carlb
quote:
Originally posted by soppinthegravy
We're these volunteers they were bothering involved in the judging? 
quote:
Originally posted by carlb

They used to post at Clifftop, but when contestants started giving the volunteers are hard time about their scores, they quit posting them.


 


Absolutely not the judges. They were people sitting at the tables who were helping to register folks or providing information about the festival or other West Virginia events. They didn't need to hear that crap.


Jul 26, 2021 - 10:35:48 AM
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carlb

USA

2349 posts since 2/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by soppinthegravy
Certainly not. I wish they still showed the scores, though. Do you know if many of the complainers were good fiddlers? Bluegrassers? Texas style?

I have no idea; the complainers might have been banjo players and not fiddlers.

Jul 26, 2021 - 1:57:09 PM

DougD

USA

10264 posts since 12/2/2007

Daniel, Clifftop is an "old time" festival and contest (with variants). At least the last time I was there there are no "Bluegrassers," or much if any Texas style either.

Jul 26, 2021 - 4:47:33 PM

5370 posts since 9/26/2008

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What Doug said is correct. You still hear an occasional 'contest version' of a tune (which do not win), but no swinging Texas style. Old time - Appalachian String Band Festival says it all.

Jul 26, 2021 - 10:21:23 PM

1464 posts since 7/26/2015

I thought so. It impresses me that Clifftop has been able to sustain that over so many years. I hope it continues to do so. Festivals around here have changed drastically. A small number of people who have influence over local contests argue that Texas style as we know it today is Old-Time. They argue this even though they know about fiddlers like Tommy Jarrell and Melvin Wine. These proponents don't appear to care for either Bluegrass or Old-Time as we would define them.   
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Originally posted by DougD

Daniel, Clifftop is an "old time" festival and contest (with variants). At least the last time I was there there are no "Bluegrassers," or much if any Texas style either.


Edited by - soppinthegravy on 07/26/2021 22:36:52

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