The Longleaf Pine Youth Fiddle Contest will take place at Morningside Nature Center during the Cane Boil which is held every year the Saturday after Thanksgiving (November 29th this year). These two events bring together the traditions of giving thanks and fall harvest with a music tradition that has been so influential throughout the South. Bring your out-of-town guests, local relatives, friends, and family for a taste — literally! — of old-time Florida (ca. 1870) as the sugar cane boils into syrup and the fiddlers play their foot-tapping, hand-clapping best for the judges. Lots to see and do from 9:00 – 4:00 at 3540 East University Ave. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for kids age 3-12 and free for children under 3 years. Yeehaw — see you there!
The Fiddle Contest begins at 10 a.m. and will conclude around 12 noon. Admission is waived for the contestants, contestants’ immediate family and one accompanist.
Three ways to register: Use the form below to register on-line (quick, easy, secure & saves trees!); register in person at the event between 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.; or click the link at the bottom of the page to print a mail-in registration form.
This year’s contest will feature three divisions each with cash prizes and ribbons for first, second and third place:
- Sprouts (Beginners 7 or younger)
- Seedlings (8 to 12 years old)
- Saplings (Advanced players or those 13 to 18 years old).
Register Here to Enter the Contest
To register a fiddler, fill in your information then click the Register button.