Eighth fiddlers’ contest at Sheffield Field Day

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When Patrick Ross, now of Newbury, walks into a fiddler’s competition, the outcome is usually a foregone conclusion. Once again, the Canaan native took top honors at the Sheffield Field Day Fiddler’s Contest in 2014. Photo by Joseph Gresser

On Labor Day, Monday, September 7, Sheffield Field Day will host its annual Pat O’Hagan Memorial Fiddlers’ Contest in the gym at Miller’s Run School, at 3249 Vermont Route 122, at 2 p.m. Registration for fiddlers will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Participants are asked to perform three pieces: a waltz, a hoedown, and a tune of their choice, such as a jig or strathspey.

The Fiddlers’ Contest at Sheffield Field Day was founded in 2007 by Malcolm Goldstein, a violinist and composer who has spent his summers in Sheffield since the 1960s. In 2011, the Fiddlers’ Contest was renamed in honor of Pat O’Hagan, who ran the contest for several years until her death in 2010.

Since its early years, the contest has been a beloved and popular event at Sheffield Field Day, drawing participants from as far away as Maine and Stanstead, Québec.

The contest is free and open to all ages, with competitive categories for youngsters (under 12), juniors (12 to 18), adults (over 18), and seniors (over 60). The prize money for first and second place winners is $40 and $25 respectively in the youngster category, $100 and $70 respectively in the junior category, and $200 and $150 respectively in both the adult and senior categories.

For questions, call Bobbie Bristol at (802) 626-8293 or e-mail at bbkinnell@aol.com. — submitted by Bobbie Bristol.

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Sheffield field day photos: horsepulling, chicken barbecue and fiddlers

candy

Vanessa Norway cleans her daughter Callahan’s hands. Her son Parker is enjoying his candied apple, made and sold by Elizabeth Trombley. Photo by Joseph Gresser

chicken

Left to right are Mike Hearne, Ed Richardson and Dave Largent, who barbecued 300 chicken halves. Margaret Martin adds a “secret sauce." Photo by Joseph Gresser

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Before competition, Terese Churchill takes a moment to practice a waltz. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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After competing in the Sheffield fiddle contest, Adam Cook and Lindsay McCaw enjoy a waltz to the music of Ken Taplin. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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Paul Daniels shakes a leg as his fellow musicians play “Turkey In The Straw.” From left to right are Lawrence Earle, Terese Churchill, Tom Bishop, Mary Kay Hunt, Mr. Daniels and Sophia Cannizzaro. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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Lawrence Earle, accompanied by his daughter Rebecca, plays a set of tunes that he wrote. His performance garnered second-place honors in the senior division. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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Dean Gonyaw has a word with Sunny and Rice. His team needed a few harness adjustments between hitches. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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Roxy and Mitch give their driver Isaac Surridge a hard time at the pony pull at the Sheffield Field Day Monday. He got them back in hand soon after. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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Sam Storz and Alexandra Lynch practice before the fiddler’s contest. Sam’s brother Walker accompanied them on his snare drum. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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Jeffrey Reynolds does his part to help his team to victory. Doc and John took the blue ribbon in the 1,800 pound class of the pony pull. Photo by Joseph Gresser

Vanessa Norway cleans her daughter Callahan’s hands.  Her son Parker is enjoying his candied apple, made and sold by  Elizabeth Trombley.  Photo by Joseph GresserLeft to right are Mike Hearne, Ed Richardson and Dave Largent, who barbecued 300 chicken halves.  Margaret Martin adds a “secret sauce."  Photo by Joseph GresserBefore competition, Terese Churchill takes a moment to practice a waltz.  Photo by Joseph GresserAfter competing in the Sheffield fiddle contest, Adam Cook and Lindsay McCaw enjoy a waltz to the music of Ken Taplin.  Photo by Joseph GresserPaul Daniels shakes a leg as his fellow musicians play “Turkey In The Straw.”  From left to right are Lawrence Earle, Terese Churchill, Tom Bishop, Mary Kay Hunt, Mr. Daniels and Sophia Cannizzaro.  Photo by Joseph GresserLawrence Earle, accompanied by his daughter Rebecca, plays a set of tunes that he wrote.  His performance garnered second-place honors in the senior division.  Photo by Joseph GresserDean Gonyaw has a word with Sunny and Rice.  His team needed a few harness adjustments between hitches.  Photo by Joseph GresserRoxy and Mitch give their driver Isaac Surridge a hard time at the pony pull at the Sheffield Field Day Monday.  He got them back in hand soon after.  Photo by Joseph GresserSam Storz and Alexandra Lynch practice before the fiddler’s contest.  Sam’s brother Walker accompanied them on his snare drum.  Photo by Joseph GresserJeffrey Reynolds does his part to help his team to victory.  Doc and John took the blue ribbon in the 1,800 pound class of the pony pull.   Photo by Joseph Gresser
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