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39th Anniversary of the New England Fiddle Contest

Contest to be held on Saturday, June 8, as originally planned with a 1 hour rain delay.

According to the weather forecast, the rain is scheduled to stop early morning, with skies clearing and promising to be a very pleasant day.  We are delaying the start of the competition by 1 hour to start at 1:00 PM to give the grounds sufficient time to dry.  Registration will also be delayed by 1 hour and will begin at 12:00 PM.  Please follow the published program as we will work to get the contest back on schedule.  Note: you may want to bring extra chairs and/or tables and/or plastic sheeting to keep instruments dry.

Online Registration is now closed. There are still slots available in all divisions, so you will be able to register on the day of the event at the registration booth.

Check out the Contest Program for approximate competition times.


Get ready to enjoy the "annual rite of spring" for the fiddle music world in New England with the New England Fiddle Contest. This years contest will be held on Saturday June 8th as part of "Pride in Manchester Week" at Center Park in Manchester, CT.

Fiddlers young and old from Canada to the Carolinas will compete for trophies and cash prizes in six different categories. The New England Fiddle Contest is the premiere contest in New England, featuring the very distinct New England fiddling style. Since 1974 it has drawn some of the largest crowds and the best fiddlers in the region. Bring your blankets, chairs and instruments and get ready to meet friends old and new at this annual ‘rite of spring’ for the fiddle world.

Center Park is conveniently located in downtown Manchester, CT off of Rte I-384. There is ample free public parking, restaurants, and other attractions nearby. Please visit the New England Fiddle Contest website at as well as the Pride in Manchester Week website at for more details. Sponsored in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council.

The Peace Train Foundation is a non-profit organization that requires contributions and outside funding to allow the contest to be held. If you would like to contribute or have suggestions for potential funding, please send an e-mail to,

The Peace Train Foundation Board

Peace Train Foundation
P. O. Box 245
Poquonock, CT 06064-0245

The New England Fiddle Contest is a production of The Peace Train Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation formed in 1972 for the purpose of promoting arts and culture in the Greater Hartford region. Your contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Contributions can be made securely online or they can be mailed to:  Peace Train Foundation, Inc, P.O. Box 370296, West Hartford, CT  06137-0296

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