Rosin up your Bows for Cherokee Holiday Fiddle Contest

July 25, 2011

The 59th Cherokee National Holiday fiddlers’ contest takes place Saturday, Sept. 3, and will feature fiddlers of all ages competing for more than $2,500 in prize money.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Fiddlers of all ages are invited to compete for cash prizes in a contest that will test their musical prowess at the 59th Cherokee National Holiday. The competition begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, in the Talking Leaves Job Corps gymnasium located at 5700 Bald Hill Road in Tahlequah. 

Fiddlers will compete for more than $2,500 in total prize money in four divisions: a junior division, for contestants ages 17 and under; an old timers division, for competitors ages 65 and up; an open division and a no hold barred division, both open to all ages. Contestants in the junior, old timers and open divisions must play a hoedown, a waltz and a tune of their choice, in that order. No holds barred division competitors play a single selection in any style they wish. Acoustic guitar accompaniment is allowed in all divisions. 

There is a $5 entry fee per contestant per division, and registration runs from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the day of the contest. Admission is free for spectators. Door prizes will be awarded. The venue is air conditioned, and concessions are available. For more information contact Jerry Bigfeather at 918-453-5123 or 

The Cherokee National Holiday, held annually over Labor Day weekend since 1953, commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Nation Constitution. With its exciting array of entertainment, cultural and athletic events, it has grown into one of the largest festivals in Oklahoma, attracting more than 90,000 visitors from across the world. The 59th Cherokee National Holiday is a smoke-free event. It is sponsored by the Cherokee Nation, a modern tribe of more than 300,000 citizens with its capital in Tahlequah, Okla. This year’s Holiday theme is “Jobs, Language and Community,” reflecting the Cherokee Nation’s emphasis on cultural and economic initiatives. For a full schedule of events and event locations for the Cherokee National Holiday, please call 918-453-5536 or visit

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