50th Annual

Montana State Old-Time Fiddle Contest

July  19-21 2019 

at the Choteau Pavilion 306 1st St NE, Choteau, MT

for more information email Isaac Callender.

 The Montana State Fiddle Contest is held annually in Choteau, MT. It is open to residents and non-residents of all ages. Divisions are Peewee, Junior-Junior, Junior, Adult, Senior, Champion, Twin Fiddle, Anything Goes (Entertainment), and Dance Fiddle.

2018 Contest Results

Small Fry 
1. Hannah Coombs 
2. Kaia Salix 

Junior-Junior 
1.Tarquin Bennion 
2. Katie Johnson 
3. Jasmine Salix 
4. Eli Johnson 

Junior 
1. Annika Bennion 
2. Cadhla Norris 
3. Bronte Bennion 
4. Zachariah Curtis 
5. Abby Curtis 

Adult 
1. McKenzie Theuson 
2. Infinity Thomson 
3. Marca Robbin Gibson 

Senior 
1. Anita Marley 
2. Jim McMillan 
3. Marvin Steinway 
4. Penelope Callender 
5. Richard Baker 

Novice 
1. Kathy Rutherford 

 

Championship  
1. Isaac Callender  
2. Hughie Smith  
3. Louise Steinway  

Dance Fiddling  
1. Isaac Callender  
2. Anita Marley  
3. Katie Johnson  
4. Richard Baker  
5. Hughie Smith  

Twin Fiddling  
1. Isaac Callender and Louise Steinway  

Anything Goes  
1. Monica Steinway  

Accompanist  
1. Isaac Callender  
2. Sandy James  
3. Louise Steinway  
4. Jim McMillan  
5. Bill Duffey  

Favorite Fiddler  
Isaac Callender  

Favorite Accompanist  
Sandy James

2018 MONTANA STATE FIDDLE CONTEST 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 

 

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 

5:30 pm Welcome, Introduction of Judges 

5:45 Round 1 - Anything Goes, Twin Fiddling, Dance Fiddle 

7:15 Round 2 - Twin Fiddling, Dance Fiddle 

8:15 Round 2 – Judges Entertain 

8:45 Awards – Anything Goes, Twin Fiddling, Dance Fiddle 

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 

Morning 

8:00 am Registration begins 

9:00  Round 1 – Senior, Adult, PeeWee 

10:30  Break 

10:45  Round 1 – Novice, Junior-Junior, Junior 

12:15  Lunch Break 

Afternoon 

1:30 pm Round 1 – Championship 

2:30 Round 2 – Senior, Adult 

3:15 Break 

3:30 Round 2 – Novice, Junior-Junior, Junior 

4:30 Round 2 – Championship, Awards - Novice 

Evening

6:30 p.m. Round 2 – PeeWee (top 5) 

7:00 Round 3 - Senior, Adult, Junior-Junior, Junior (top 5 each) 

8:15 PeeWee Awards, Break 

8:00 Round 3 – Championship (top 5 each) 

9:10 50/50 Raffle, Hall of Fame presentation, Judges entertain 

9:45 Awards

 

There will be a jam at the Stage Stop Inn after the contest on Friday and Saturday evenings.  

 

 

2018 MONTANA STATE FIDDLE CONTEST  
Prize Money


DIVISION      1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 
Champion        300 200 100 75 50 
Senior               150 125 100 75 50 
Adult                 125 100 75 50 35 
Junior                125 100 75 50 35 
Junior-Junior  75 50 35 20 10 
Small Fry      25 20 15 10 5 
Novice 100 75 50
Dance Fiddle      150 125 100 75 50 
Accompanist   50 40 30 20 10
Twin Fiddle           winner-takes-all jackpot
Anything Goes     winner-takes-all jackpot

 

 

 

 

2018 Judges

Jacie Sites and John Francis

 

Jacie Sites is the 2017 National Adult Fiddle Champion. She is a former Idaho State, Oregon State, Idaho Open, Northwest Regional, National Twin Fiddling Competition, Gone to Texas and Grand Master Fiddle champion. She teaches fiddle in Rigby, Idaho and she and her husband Joe Sites own and operate Sites’ Violin Shop. Jacie has recently took up golfing and enjoys playing golf with her husband Joe most mornings.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Francis attended his first fiddle competition in 1967 as a 12-year old fiddler.  Now, over 50 years later, John has participated in over 400 competitions across the United States.  During that time, John has won every major contest in the west including the National Grand Championship at Weiser, Idaho, 2 National Senior and 3 National Junior titles, multiple Western Open, NW Regional, Washington, California, and Utah state titles, in addition to wins at numerous local contests.  John still loves to compete as well as to support other fiddlers as a tenor guitar accompanist. In addition to competing, John has also judged at dozens of contests around the country.   

John lives in Salt Lake City with his wife Casee.  They own and operate Amour Spreads, an artisan jam & marmalade company as well as Amour Café, a small European-style café.

Jacie Sites

Jacie Sites