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First Annual 508 Park Fiddle Contest: A Part of The Museum of Street Culture Music Series

photograph by Alan Govenar

photograph by Alan Govenar


The 508 Amphitheater will soon resound to the music of fiddles, guitars and Western Swing.  The Museum of Street Culture is partnering with the Texas Old Time Fiddlers Association (TOTFA) to create a Fiddle and Western Swing competition on November 7, 2015.

The competition will feature six age divisions for fiddlers to complete in and has special emphasis on our younger fiddler: 8 and under, 9-12, 13-17, 18-39, 40-64, and 65 and over.  There will be a category for the accompanists to compete and show their skills that help the fiddlers sound so good.  To give recognition of the history of the first recording of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, there will be a special category called “The Roots of Western Swing” open to a fiddler or small group of fiddlers.

There is a high level of excitement in the Texas fiddles community for this new competition.  According to TOTFA President Bart Baker “TOTFA had its beginnings in 1973 when a group of Texas fiddlers and musicians decide that an organization to improve the quality and better run fiddle contests in Texas was needed.  We are very pleased to partner with The Museum of Street Culture to help promote and deliver a contest that showcases the fiddling and talent of our musicians and especially our young fiddlers.”

 The competition will start at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 7, at the 508 Park Amphitheater. For more information please contact Alan Govenar (docarts[at] or Texas Old Time Fiddlers Association (TOTFAinfo[at]