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Southern Fiddlers and Fiddle Contests$
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Chris Goertzen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781604731224

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604731224.001.0001

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Fiddle Contests Away from the Stage

Fiddle Contests Away from the Stage

(p.47) Chapter Three Fiddle Contests Away from the Stage
Southern Fiddlers and Fiddle Contests

Chris Goertzen

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses more on the other aspects of these fiddle contests, namely the jamming, eating, camping, purchasing, talking, and laughing. The chapter suggests that it is these instances of community and camaraderie that are really the essence of what these fiddle contest are all about. In fact most participants agree that jamming and catching up with old friends—as well as making new ones—is one of the most important aspects of these events. In fact even the shortest of these successful contests allow overnight stays, but since the fiddle world is overall a blue-collar cultural complex, most participants find themselves sleeping in recreational vehicles or campers rather than in tents. Many of the contests are often held outdoors, however there are provisions available to allow the event to continue in case the weather begins to deteriorate.

Keywords:   fiddle contests, jamming, camping, community, fiddle world, blue-collar cultural complex

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