Fort Ransom Sodbuster Days Contest Info 2004

Submitted by Ann Schluter

Contest Results by Division

BEANS (Those who have played fiddle 3 years or less.)

First Place ($50) Sadie Sorenson, West Fargo

Second Place ($40) Jadan Sorenson, West Fargo

Third Place ($30) Grace Haining, Fergus Falls, MN

CORN (Those who have played fiddle more than 3 years.)

First Place ($50) Anna Walvatne, Moorhead/Seattle

Second Place ($40) Serena Coyle, Fargo

Third Place ($30) Mary Kreidelcamp, Valley City

WHEAT (age 60+)

First Place ($50) Margaret Elm, Valley City

Second Place ($40) Orville Kalvik, Valley City

CHAMPIONSHIP (Play-off between the top three scorers for the day.)

First Place ($80) Charlie Kreidelcamp, Valley City

Second Place ($70) Ruth Haining, Fergus Falls, MN

Third Place ($60) David Arneson, Fargo

Saturday, September 11, was the first annual fiddle contest at Sodbuster Days, Fort Ransom (ND) State Park. 14 fiddlers competed for cash prizes. Fiddlers not placing received ribbons and Sodbuster t-shirts.

Judges were Kay Werre (Fullerton), Lloyd A. Larson (Fargo), and Gene Undem (Valley City). Emcees were Bob Johnson and James Haining of Fergus Falls, MN.

Contest organizers, Mary Kreidelcamp (Valley City) and Ann Schluter (Moorhead), handled all the contest details, including fund raising to cover cash prizes and honoraria for judges and emcees. Ann is President of the North Dakota Old Time Fiddlers Association, and Mary is a director. Also on hand to assist with the contest were NDOTFA directors Francis Larson (Kindred) and Sherlene Sorenson (West Fargo), who both had children competing in the contest.

Funding for the contest came from cash donors Gordon Hannig (Valley City) and Dean & Elayne Schluter (Glenwood, MN). Anonymous donors gave 100 bushels of wheat and cash. A pine fiddle footstool, made & donated by Mike Kennelly of Moorhead, was sold in a silent auction to Dean Schluter, Glenwood, MN, for a winning $50 bid. Ann Schluter had her Annie's Waltzing Fiddle cassette available and donated half of her sales to the contest. Over $700 was raised for the SE North Dakota Fiddle Contest account.

The younger contestants enjoyed eating watermelon and the seed spitting contest, which took place during some of the fiddling. They made it back to the fiddle tent just in time to collect their prizes! The fresh pressed apple cider was delicious and refreshing.

Plans are underway for the second annual fiddle contest for September 2005.