Pillager’s 30th Annual Fiddler’s Contest draws a crowd
Sponsored by the Pillager Fair Board, the event is the group’s largest fundraising event each year. All proceeds go toward upkeep at the Pillager Fairgrounds. At least 300 people were in attendance at the recent contest.
Dave Anderson once again served as emcee; and a number of prizes were given away during ticket drawings throughout the course of the evening.
Fiddlers ranged in age from pre-teen to 90 years and hailed from a variety of Minnesota towns. Each played two songs as part of the competition; and while the judges were making their decisions, participated in a ‘group jam.’ A number of classic fiddle tunes were played during the contest, including “Golden Anniversary Waltz,” “Wise Old Hen,” “Turkey in the Straw” and “Tennessee Waltz.”
Listed below are this year’s winning fiddlers: o Age seven - 13: Maria Mathison, Forestson, 1st. o Age 14 - 19: Devin Mathison, Foreston, 1st; Molly Trumble, Alexandria, 2nd; Abigale Mathison, Foreston, 3rd; Amanda Trumble, Alexandria, 4th. o Age 20 - 35: Amanda Nygard, Georgetown, 1st. o Age 36 - 63: Lacie Philippi, Brainerd, 1st and Fiddler of the Year; Harold “Butch” Hines, Pillager, 2nd; Herb Daigle, Fort Ripley, 3rd. o Age 64 - 74: Don Schuck, Paynesville, 1st. o Age 75-plus: Gilmore Lee, Maple Plain, 1st; Bill Amundson, Wadena, 2nd; Per Ostigaard, Hoffman, 3rd.