Missouri Fiddle Contests - day trips from Windsor

Missouri is well known for music. There is a wealth of talent in Missouri, and many people never say much about their abilities. You might live next door to a world class guitar or fiddle player and never know it. Such was the case of a modest neighbor of mine named William Scherer. Bill stopped by one day and I noticed a guitar and amplifier in his van. Bill said he helped his granddaughter that day by playing guitar. "People actually clapped for us" Bill said. The world lost a great guitar player when we lost Bill, but heaven gained a great guitar man.

The legendary opera trained Ray Price had an opening for first chair violin and fiddle and Bobby Flores got the job a while back. If you've seen great fiddle players in concert like Joe Spivey, John Anderson's fiddle player, you certainly remember it. Bright white spotlights and rosin coming from the fiddle like smoke in the air, all the while dressed in bib overalls and taking it all for granted, these musicians add a special sound to country music.

These are fiddling contests that we know of in Missouri, and all are a short drive from Windsor Missouri.

• Annual Fiddle Contest, Laura Speed Elliott School, 700 Main St., Boonville, Missouri; contact Randy Windsor 660-882-7651, cell 660-888-3626

• Annual Jubilee Days Old Fiddler's Contest, Community Building, Warsaw, Missouri; contact Cheryl Harmon, ph. 660-438-9154; email: jcharmonmo@aol.com
• Annual Old-Time Fiddle Contest, Bethel, Missouri; contact: Wendy Brumbaugh, 573-633-2640; email: brumbaughw@missouri.edu

• Old time fiddle contest in historic downtown Branson, 485 Rose O'Neill Road, Branson, MO 65616

One night near the end of the Old Fiddlers contest in Warsaw Missouri I watched a little girl between 6 to 8 years old as she participated in a jam session while the judges did whatever they do. I turned to the man next to me and commented on how good she was. The man replied with a smile "That's my granddaughter."

Ray Price, Willie Nelson, and Merle Haggard were on tour on 2007 with their "Last of the Breed" tour. Ray is 81 years old, Willie is 73, and Merle is 69. When the music was mastered in the studio one of America's greatest fiddle players helped out. Johnny Gimble grew up on a farm in East Texas and continues to perform. Johnny Gimble uses a five string fiddle, and was born May 30, 1926. At one of Missouri's fiddle contests we might just see the next Johnny Gimble, Bobby Flores, or Joe Spivey.

Our warm and sincere thanks go out to everyone that makes the music, regardless of genre, as it gives us the ability to tap our toes, dance, or remember old memories.

For more please refer to the Missouri Fiddle and Dance Network or the Chamber of Commerce where the contest is scheduled.

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visit Windsor Missouri, located on U.S. Highway 52 in western Missouri, only 90 minutes south of Kansas City and four hours from Saint. Louis.  Driving time to Branson from Windsor is approximately 2 hours