2018 Fiddler’s Weekend Overview

Our 2019 Workshops are scheduled for June 6 & 7, 2019 and the contest will be June 8, 2019.  2019 information will be updated when it becomes available.

Workshops – June 7 & 8, 2018

International Music Camp presents the twenty-fourth annual FIDDLE, GUITAR, BASS, and 5-STRING BANJO WORKSHOPS June 7 and 8, 2018.  The Fiddle Workshop will offer instruction in Beginning Fiddle, Intermediate Fiddle, Advanced Fiddle, Canadian Old-Time Fiddle, and Bluegrass Fiddle styles.  The Guitar Workshop will focus on flat-picking styles, the Bass Workshop will focus on finger picking accompaniment skills, and the 5-String Banjo Workshop will focus on finger-picking styles.  Both styles are used in folk and bluegrass music and participants will learn new techniques to accompany old-time fiddling.  The workshops will begin each day at 9:00 a.m. CST and will conclude at 4:00 p.m. Break-out sessions will again be offered with topics such as mandolin, bluegrass, and more!

Who May Enroll: Beginning through advanced players, all ages.

2018 Fees
Full Workshop Package: $175 USD Includes tuition, meals, and lodging for Thursday and Friday ($160 USD early bird registration if registered by June 1, 2018).*

Workshop participants staying on to compete in the Fiddle Contest will be exempt from paying the Fiddle Contest entry fee.

*Cancellations by June 1, 2018 will be refunded all but $25. No refunds after June 1.

Family Rate: $130.00 per family member for three or more participants from the same home.

Location: International Music Camp Burdick Center for the Performing Arts at the International Peace Garden.

Festival of the Arts Concert – June 8, 2018

The 2018 Friday Night Spectacular will feature The High 48s.  Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs, and a wide range of influences.

Born and raised in the Upper Midwest, The High 48s are a band of songwriters who perform their own material in addition to the “festival favorites.”  The band takes its name from railroad slang for the boxcars originally used to transport troops in WWI that could carry 40 soldiers or 8 horses, and later used in the US on fast moving “hot shot” freight trains by train hoppers during the Great Depression.

The evening will start with the Old-Time Fiddler’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony with the concert to follow.  The Hall of Fame Induction and Concert will take place at the Burdick Center for the Performing Arts in the International Peace Garden.  Tickets are required if not registered as a Fiddle Workshop participant.  Tickets for the concert are $10 USD.  Gate admission to the International Peace Garden is also required.  If you do not have a passport, a birth certificate (everyone) and photo ID (16 and older) is required to cross the border.

Contest – June 9, 2018

Now in its 43rd year, the INTERNATIONAL OLD-TIME FIDDLERS CONTEST draws fiddlers from both sides of the border to compete in categories ranging from Small Fry to Seniors.  Some of the best fiddlers around the region will compete for cash prizes and trophies, plus the title of overall champion.  Whether you come as a fiddler on stage or listener in the audience, you are sure to enjoy this day of great old-time music.

Contest events will be held in the Burdick Center for the Arts at the International Peace Garden, located on the border between the United States and Canada 45 miles north of the geographical center of North America.  The International Peace Garden is located 15 miles north of Dunseith, North Dakota, on U.S. Highway 281, or 15 miles south of Boissevain, Manitoba on Manitoba Highway 10.

Contest Admission for non-participants: $12.00 USD

Contest Entry Fee: $20 USD. Small Fry, and Junior-Junior contestants, and those registered for the Fiddle and Guitar Workshops on Thursday and Friday are exempt from the $20 fee. Entry fee can be sent in advance or paid upon arrival for the Contest.

Registration for the 2018 Contest is open on Friday evening (5:30 to 7 p.m.) AND on Saturday morning (7:30 to 8:30 a.m.). The General Meeting begins promptly at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, with the First Round starting immediately after.

2018 Fiddle Brochure