Louisiana State Fiddle Championship 


Fiddle Championship Donation Form

2018 Fiddle Championship Entry Form

2018 Fiddle Championship Rules


The Folk Festival will host the Lousiana State Fiddle Championship in

Magale Recital Hall which is housed in the CAPA Annex and is located at

140 Central Ave. Fiddlers from around the state will compete for cash

prizes and ribbons. The categories of competition are: Twin Fiddles, Non-

Championship, and Championship. Contestants in the Twin Fiddles

division and the Championship division will compete for cash prizes. The

top two fiddlers from each age group in the Championship Division will

compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to be recognized as the

state's best fiddler. The winner of the Championship Division will be

awarded the title of Grand Champion and will play on the Festival's main

stage in Prather Coliseum.

Participants may play in either the Non-Championship or Championship

Divisions (not both). All participants may compete in the Twin Fiddles


The Louisiana State Fiddle Championship is open to all Louisiana



Statement of Purpose: The purpose of the Louisiana State Fiddlers’ Championship (LSFC) is to perpetuate the traditional music and styles of fiddling integral to many kinds of Louisiana music, to help develop an appreciation and understanding of traditional music, to encourage young fiddlers to pursue musical endeavors, and to encourage jam sessions and contests as a way to promote creativity and the continuation of the fiddle tradition. 

 Prather Coliseum and CAPA Annex/Magale Recital Hall are Wheelchair Accessible.

Fiddling was introduced in Louisiana in the 1700s, and through the years, many, contests were held in local areas, often in conjunction with celebrations, fairs, and festivals. The first documented, statewide fiddle contest was in 1970. By 1984, the Rebel State Historic Site began hosting the contest and continued for about twenty years. In 2004, the Louisiana State Fiddle Championship moved to the Natchitoches-NSU Louisiana Folk Festival.
Thanks to all who participate in the Louisiana State Fiddle Championship- the fiddlers who come to test their talents, the judges who have very hard decisions to make, the visitors who attend to cheer and enjoy, and especially to the financial contributors to the event.
The prize money for the contest comes only from your donations. Without the support of the contributors, the Louisiana State Fiddle Championship would not be able to continue. Your donation to the Fiddle Championship is an investment in Louisiana traditional culture. Please donate today!



For more information contact us at folklife@nsula.edu or 318-357-4332