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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.

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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. Also be sure to check out the best Bucket list ideas and be sure to include Fiddle fest as one of them.