KY State Fiddle Championship returns to Owensboro in March

February 1, 2023 | 12:08 am

Updated January 31, 2023 | 7:51 pm

File photo from 2020 Kentucky State Fiddle Championship

The Kentucky State Fiddle Championship is returning to Owensboro in March. There are a dozen categories of competition — including dancing, old time banjo and singing, and playing other bluegrass instruments on top of the fiddle competitions.

Set for March 18-19, this will be the fourth year in a row the event has been held at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Spectator tickets will be available for $10 each on the day of competition. Tickets allow for the viewing of the contest, plus grant access to tour the exhibits in the museum space. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register for the competition or for more information about the event, visit their website here.

According to the event website, the schedule is as follows:

  • Saturday, March 18, beginning at 10 a.m.
    • Jr Jr Fiddle (Ages 12 and under)
    • Jr Fiddle (Ages 13 to 17)
    • Old Time Banjo
    • Adult Fiddle (18 to 49)
    • Sr Fiddle (50 and over)
    • Dancing – Junior (Ages 17 and under)
    • Dancing – Senior (Ages 18 and over)
    • Old Time Singing
    • Championship Fiddle-Off
  • Sunday, March 19, beginning at 10 a.m.
    • Flatpick Guitar
    • Mandolin
    • Bluegrass Banjo
    • Dulcimer

Randy Lanham, education director at the Hall of Fame education director, was the state champion fiddler in 1992. Other notable past winners include Mark O’Connor (three-time Grammy winner, six-time CMA Musician of the Year), and Jimmy Mattingly (plays fiddle for Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton).

February 1, 2023 | 12:08 am

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