Due to weather, this event will be moved to the Payson High School Auditorium.
301 S. McLane Road


September 24-26,


Scroll down for more information on the lineup, schedule, and more!


Friday Night Concert

Green Valley Park | Free Admission | Begins at 6pm

The Bee Eaters

Featuring the Arizona Wildflowers

Brother-sister duo Tristan and Tashina Clarridge (Crooked Still, Darol Anger, Grand National Fiddle Championships), are joined by hammer dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman. Together, they weave a tapestry of sound all their own, drawing on roots in bluegrass, Celtic, jazz, Baroque, and old-time folk music traditions.

Brother-sister duo Tristan and Tashina Clarridge, long known and lauded by those steeped in the American fiddle tradition, are joined by hammer dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman. Together, they weave a tapestry of sound all their own, drawing on roots in bluegrass, Celtic, jazz and old-time traditions. While today’s new breed often produces an amalgamation of sounds and styles based on a distant view, The Bee Eaters were raised embedded in these traditions… raised to mold, meld, shape them and carry them forward, leaving their own indelible marks in the process. With Tashina’s delicate fiddle and Tristan’s grounding cello wrapped around Simon’s ethereal dulcimer, they have created a never-before-heard sound in American music. No tricks. No pyrotechnics. Three instrumental voices, united in their musical exploration.


It is a joy to hear both the exploration of this music and the grounding of it simultaneously. Also, I love the emphasis on the simple beauty of the acoustic instruments.

~ EDGAR MEYER, Grammy Award winning Composer/ Bassist



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


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

Fiddle Workshops

3:00pm- 5:00pm

More information on fiddle workshops coming soon!

Fiddle Festivities Continue

Beginning at 5:00pm | Green Valley Park

Opening announcements- age division winner recognition

Trick Competition

Twin Competition

Hot Bow Competition

Band Competition 



The Fun Continues

Green Valley Park | Free Admission

Gospel Program by The Arizona Wildflowers

Featuring the Bee Eaters

Gospel Concert Begins at 9:00am

The Arizona Wildflowers are a trio of sisters who love to sing and play bluegrass, gospel and old time music. Ranelle, 12, is on mandolin and sings melody. Brie, 11, plays rhythm guitar and sings low harmony and Aspen, 10, is the group’s fiddler and sings high harmony. The girls are all state and national fiddle champions and play at bluegrass festivals around the nation.

9:00am | Gospel Program Performance

10:30am | Grand Championship, Rounds 1 and 2

Country Roads Take Me Home

I Saw the Light

I’ll Fly Away

Special Guests

Get to know the industry experts who will be joining us for the weekend.

Cody Stadelmaier

Fiddle Contest Judge

2021 and 2016 National Adult Fiddle Champion, Cody Stadelmaier has been competing and judging fiddle competitions for over 30 years.  Her other titles include Rocky Mountain Regional, Colorado, and Wyoming State fiddle champion.

Cody grew up in Wyoming, but has called Fort Collins, CO home for the last 28 years.  In the past she has performed with several bands in the area from Western Swing to Bluegrass.  Currently she stays busy running her teaching studio and trying to keep up with her kid’s activities.

Simon Chrisman

Fiddle Contest Judge

Hammer dulcimer virtuoso Simon Chrisman brings a whole new approach to an instrument that has previously been thought to have limited range and technique. His inventive virtuosic touch and sophisticated rhythmic sensibilities are redefining the instrument and earning the attention of musicians from all over the world.

Tristan Clarridge

Fiddle Contest Judge

Multi-instrumentalist Tristan is a 5-time Grand National Fiddle Champion and a pioneering cellist, synthesizing traditional folk influences with rhythmic vocabulary from jazz, rock and pop music, and leading a revolution among adventurous young cellists throughout the country. He has toured the world with bluegrass/nu-folk sensation Crooked Still and Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings, as well as Mike Marshall, Bruce Molsky and Cape Breton fiddle phenomenon Natalie MacMaster.

Tashina Clarridge

Fiddle Contest Judge

Grand National Fiddle Champion Tashina Clarridge has toured with Mark O’Connor, Tony Trischka and Laurie Lewis and has performed at Carnegie Hall as a part of MacArthur Fellow/Grammy-winning bassist Edgar Meyer’s Young Artists program.

Randy Roberson

Fiddle Contest Emcee

For over 35 years Randy has produced multiple local and regional radio and television newscasts and weather-forecasts daily. Morning drive talk show host since the late 1980s.  He has also  Emceed  hundreds of public concerts and banquet events, sharing the stage with the likes of Charlie Daniels and many others.  All of this while also providing international disaster relief services.  An effort that has taken him to 35 countries while also providing consulting services to groups like NATO, USTDA, the South African Parliament and the Philippine National Red Cross.

Thank you to our sponsors!

2020 Contest Winners

Congrats to last year’s winners

Maria MacArthur

Grand Champion & Young Adult Division Champion

Dave Brinkman

Senior Division Champion

Rick Commo

Adult Division Champion

Ranelle Dietrich

Junior Division Champion

Brie Dietrich

Junior-Junior Division Champion

Aspen Dietrich

Small Fry Division Champion

Arizona Wildflowers

Band Competition Winners

Maria MacArthur & Maggi Cucitro

Twin Fiddle Winners

Macy Kienbaum

Fancy Fiddle Winner

Danielle Carter

Trick Fiddle Winner

Ranelle Dietrich

Hot Bow Winner

Audrey Wilson

Best Accompanist


How much does it cost?

Admission for spectators is free. Participant registration cost varies based on selection.


Can I compete?

We’re so glad you asked! You can absolutely register to compete. Registration will be available on-site, and cash only.

Can I bring my dog?

Leashed, well-mannered dogs are welcome. Please keep animal leashed and clean up after them. Town of Payson Event Staff has the right to ask that any animal or individual be removed if not behaving appropriately.

How much does parking cost?

Parking is FREE!

When & where can I buy tickets?

Admission to the event is free for spectators. No tickets are required.

Will there be dry camping?

Dry camping will be available at the Payson Multi-Event Center. Please register here.

What do I do if my question isn't here?

Send us an email! We’d love to help. You can contact us easily at or by phone at 928-472-5110. We’re open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, but we’re out of the office from 12-1 for lunch. Talk to you soon!



Phone | (928) 472-5110
Email |
1000 W. Country Club Dr.
Payson, AZ 85541
Phone | (928) 472-5110
1000 W. Country Club Dr.
Payson, AZ 85541

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