Nevada Fiddlers’ Contest
May 7 - May 8
Fiddle music is as much a part of the West as barbecues and rodeos. But where did it begin?
Old time fiddle tunes have their origins from European folk dance, like Jig, Reel, Breakdown, Schottische, Waltz, Two Step and Polka.
Fiddles may be accompanied by banjoes or other instruments, but the distinctive music is nevertheless called “fiddle tunes.” This genre traces to the colonization of North America by European immigrants from England, France, Germany, Ireland and Scotland.
Fiddle tunes are separate and distinct from traditions which they have influenced and that evolved from them, such as bluegrass, country blues, variants of western swing and country rock.
This very special music is celebrated each year in the town of Eureka with the Nevada State Old-Time Fiddlers Contest to see who takes top honors in the Silver State.