General Rules
  1. Contestants may enter one solo Fiddle Class, one solo Stepdance Class, one Duet Fiddle Class and one Group Stepdance Class.
  2. Contestants must be ready to perform when called.
  3. All judges decisions are final.
  4. To qualify as a Jr. Group Stepdance the average age must be under 13 years. (i.e. Divide the total ages of competitors by the number of participants in the group. For example, 12.7 or 12.8 etc. is considered 12 and under).
  5. Proof of age may be requested.
  6. Any contestant having won first prize in any one class for 3 consecutive years will not be eligible to compete in that or any lower class in the 4th year.
  7. Should an accident, beyond the performer's control occur, he/she will be allowed to start the entire performance again.
  8. Prize winning contestants who are tied must repeat their entire performance. Rule No. 2 will apply.
  9. Contestant registrations are considered confidential. Performers must draw for position upon arrival. For continuity of the program the registration committee reserves the right to draw for competitor's position when necessary.
  10. If only enough contestants register to fill the number of finalists' positions in any class, the rankings/scores from the preliminary and final performances will be combined to decide the winning positions.
  11. Open Fiddle and Open Stepdance Classes are reserved for contestants with advanced skill and the committee reserves the right to monitor eligibility.

  12. Special Note:
    1. All winners declared during the preliminaries will be presented their prize money and trophy at that time. All 1st place winners will be required to perform in the Saturday night finals.
    2. No written music is to be used by fiddle competitors on stage.
    3. Competitors for youngest fiddler trophy will have to play a recognizable fiddle tune of at least two parts.
    4. Competitors for youngest dancer trophy will have to independently execute formulated steps.

Stepdance Rules
  1. Solo contestants in the 13-15, 16-18 and Open class are required to dance a clog, jig, reel in that order, without stopping. All other solo contestants must dance a reel only. Contestants in group dancing may use any step dance routine, not necessarily a clog, jig, reel.
  2. NOTE!! All Open Stepdance finalists will be required to use the House Fiddler for the finals on Saturday evening. Each contestant will select a sealed envelope containing their tunes (Clog 32 bars, Jig 48 bars, and three Reels 32 bars each). The contestant will write their name on the chosen envelope along with any speed requirements and if an extra beat (shot) is required. No communication between the House Fiddler and the contestant will be allowed.
  3. Solo contestants must complete their dance within four minutes. Maximum time for Group Dancing is five minutes.
  4. Contestants in all of the dance classes must use a fiddler with either a piano or guitar as accompaniment. A house fiddler and pianist will be available.
  5. Three or more dancers make a group. No dancer may compete in more than one group.
  6. Contestants will be judged on the following: timing, sound, entrance/exit, execution and precision of steps, quality of steps, variety of steps, and showmanship.
Fiddle Rules
  1. All fiddle contestants must play their tunes in the Canadian Style. The Tune of Choice for the open fiddle class finals is exempted from this rule.
  2. Contestants in the 9 & under class are required to play one tune (waltz, jig or reel). Duet fiddle classes must play two tunes of choice in harmony with different tempos.
  3. All other contestants must play a waltz, jig and reel in that order within four minutes. Reels, hoedowns and hornpipes are acceptable tunes.
  4. Open Fiddle Class finalists must play a different waltz, jig and reel from their preliminary performance as well as a fiddle tune of choice within a time limit of five minutes.
  5. All competing fiddlers will be allowed the choice of either a piano or guitar for accompaniment. The accompanist will not be allowed to play the melody while the fiddler competes. A standby piano accompanist will be available.
  6. Judging will be based on the following: degree of difficulty, tone, timing, tempo, intonation, bowing, feeling for tune(s) and choice of tune(s)

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