While many competitions at the Lorain County Fair focus on animals or contestant’s final products, those who played their way through the annual fiddle contest were scored a little differently.
Musicians who took the stage Saturday scored points for traditional fiddling and authenticity skills, rhythm and timing, clarity and tone, expressionism, and more.
This year, a handful of new categories were added to give more people a chance to show off their talents, fiddle contest founder Doug Allen said.
Beginner, pro and semi-pro, picking, and novelty classes were added.
Christiana Joneskis of Shreve participated in the picking, teen, and novelty classes. She started playing five years ago after watching her sister started to play.
“I just fell in love with the instrument,” she said.
Joneskis said she plays four other instruments but loves the energy fiddling has.
Ashley Buchs of Vermilion joined the open class.
She said she made an easy transition to fiddling too. She started her musical career as a classically-trained violinist before picking up a fiddle nearly a decade ago.
Judges’ scores also included difficulty and mastery and general impression.
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