Idaho’s Weiser becomes the fiddle capital of the world during the National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest

The National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest and Festival will take over the mountain town of Weiser from June 21 to 27. More than 40,000 people will show up to watch more than 250 fiddlers, ages 3 to 93, compete for honors during the official part of the proceedings. But all kinds of other action gets started early when tents start setting up in the Fiddletown Campground on June 17. You’ll find a tongue-in-cheek banjo contest (June 20-21), Battle of the Bluegrass Bands and Good Old Days Fiddling Parade (June 27), and loads of jam sessions throughout. The official fiddle competition starts June 21 with morning and evening sessions. You’ll find a variety of fiddle-playing categories in small-fry, junior, senior, twin and swinging fiddling that lead up to the Grand National Champion finale June 27.

June 21-27, Weiser High School, 690 W. Indianhead Road. Tickets and information: FiddleContest.com. For campground reservations, call (208) 414-0255.