FIDDLE & ACOUSTIC CELEBRATION

INCLUDING THE AZ STATE FIDDLE COMPETITION
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GREEN VALLEY PARK

September 23-25,
2022

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Friday Night Concert

Green Valley Park | Free Admission | Begins at 6pm

Canyon State Band

Having grown up in Pinal County, Jay Mitchell was influenced by the rock and country sounds he listened to on local radio stations. In 1981, he formed the Canyon State Band, with the desire to play the style of country music that influenced his Arizona Up bringing. 

Canyon State Band has performed predominantly in the Apache Jct. area but has ventured out to play in the greater Phoenix area, Payson, Coolidge, and the White Mountains of Arizona. They have opened for a few national acts (T.G. Shepherd, Sweethearts of Rodeo, Delbert McClinton, Little Jimmy Dickens) but Jay’s fondest desire is to entertain in a more intimate setting.

In the 1990’s, Canyon State Band was the house band for the unprecedented 5 years at Arizona Joe’s, the hottest nightclub in Apache Jct. In 1999 the Band was asked to play for Hale Elementary School (Mesa) Grandparent’s Day and has continued that tradition for 23 consecutive years. Several other Mesa Schools have also had Canyon State play for their Western BBQ days, as the band has an appeal to young and old alike. 

If you like the music of artists like Merle Haggard, George Strait, and Charlie Daniels, then you’ll enjoy the band’s “20th Century Country” repertoire. They also include a little classic rock n roll in their shows. 

Decades ago, Canyon State Band was the first to play an engagement at the Hondoh Casino Showroom, preceding the Grand Opening that featured Freddie Fender. Now the band is really looking forward to performing for the Old Time Fiddle and Acoustic Celebration Kickoff!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Fiddle Festival

Green Valley Park | Free Admission

Note: Divisions and Competition categories may appear earlier or later than the time expressed on the schedule based on participation. Times are not guaranteed.

Join us at Green Valley Park for a free, fun family day full of fiddlin’ music. Vendors will be on site.  

Arizona Fiddle State Championship

Contest begins at 9:00am

Come one, come all and enjoy the musical offerings of Arizona’s most talented fiddlers. From the youngest (small fry) to the eldest (senior), we’re sure that you will be delighted by their talent. Bring the family and some chairs and join us at Green Valley Park for a truly enjoyable afternoon full of music and sunshine. Divisions will go in order, times not guaranteed.

9:00am | Introductions & National Anthem

Contest Divisions:
Small Fry Division (ages 9 and under)
Junior Junior Division (ages 10-12)
Junior Division (ages 13-17)

*10-Minute Break*

Young Adult Division (ages 18-39)
Senior Division (ages 65+)
Adult Division (ages 40-64)

*10-Minute Break*

Awards Annnouncement/Tie Breaker for Young Adult, Senior, and Adult Division

Above events are free for spectators. Fiddle Contest participants can register at the below button. 

Fiddle Festivities Continue

2:00pm – 4:00pm 

Fiddler’s Jam at the Park (If Time Allots)

Beginning at 5:15pm | Green Valley Park

Opening announcements- age division winner recognition

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Saturday Night Concerts

Green Valley Park | Free Admission | Begins at 6pm

Kennan Hammack

@ 6 pm

Cisco and the Racecars

@ 7 PM

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

Fiddle Festival

Green Valley Park | Free Admission

Note: Divisions and Competition categories may appear earlier or later than the time expressed on the schedule based on participation. Times are not guaranteed.

Join us at Green Valley Park for a free, fun family day full of fiddlin’ music. Vendors will be on site.  

Arizona Fiddle State Championship

9:00am | Contests

Contest:
Twin Competition
Band Competition
Hot Bow Competition

10:00am | Arizona Fiddle State Championships

Finals:
Grand Champion Division Round 1 – Trick

Grand Champion Division Round 2

Above events are free for spectators. Fiddle Contest participants can register at the below button. 

Emcee & Judges

John Kennedy

Fiddle Contest Emcee

 

Cody Stadelmaier

Fiddle Contest Judge

Scott Sumner

Fiddle Contest Judge

Anne Sumner

Fiddle Contest Judge

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Payson, AZ 85541
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