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  • New!  Contestant Entry Form
  • Class 9 & Under replaces Class 8 & under (3 extra prizes)
                   NEW CLASS: 15 & under -scheduled for Saturday a.m.
  • Contest Information - 705-738-9171
  • Correspondence - Ontario Open, Box 1038, Bobcaygeon, Ont. K0M 1A0
  • Camping Information - Lisa Humphries  705-887-2075
  • Accommodations - Bobcaygeon Chamber of Commerce 705-738-2202
  • Master of Ceremonies - Judy Waymouth
  • Judges- Fiddle - Carrie-Lynn Gahan & Webb Acheson
  •   Step Dance -  Cindy Thompson & Chad Wolfe
  • House fiddler - Dan Mighton
  • Accompanist - Melika Lemelin
  • Sound system - Roy Craft - Custom Sound
  • Photographer - Ray Foster

General Rules

GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS

1. Contestants must be ready to perform when called. They alone are responsible for not missing their turn. 
2. No Contestant having won first prize in any one class for three consecutive years will be eligible to compete in that or any lower class in the fourth year.
3. Scheduling of all competitions and play-downs is
dependant on the number of entries in each class. In the event of a play-down a 4th and 5th prize will be added to the appropriate class.
4. Judges’ decisions are final, and they will not be
required to explain standing.
5. Contestants wishing to have their marks mailed,
please ask at Registration Desk.
6. Contestants must show proof of age upon request.
7. Deadline for registration is one hour before class.
8. In the event of a tie, the contestants involved will
be asked to perform again to break the tie.
9. In the event of an error by accompanist which throws
the contestant off time, or any accident beyond the control of the contestant, he/she will be given a chance to repeat the routine.
10. The Ontario Open Fiddle and Step Dance Contest
reserves the right to videotape and offer for sale any portion or all of the contest or program.
11. Dress and appearance will be considered.
 
12. Contestant will play in reverse order of registration. 
13. Contestants in the Open Classes are excluded from eligibility in the 19+ class.


Fiddle Contest Rules

  • Contestants in all classes except 9 and under are required to play a WALTZ, a JIG and a REEL (or breakdown) in that order or they will not be judged.

  • NEW CLAUSE:  If there are more than twelve contestants in the 12 and under or the 15 and under the Committee may ask that the contestants play a WALTZ, and EITHER a JIG or REEL for the preliminaries.  Finalists will be required to play ALL THREE.

  • Contestants in the 9 and under class are required to play only one of a WALTZ, a JIG or a REEL.
  • Only one instrument may accompany, and it may NOT play the melody.
  • A tuned piano is on stage and an appointed accompanist will be available for those without their own.
  • Contestants may only compete in one class - their own age group, or the open. Exceptions: Duet Class & Gospel Fiddle.
  • Points will be awarded on the basis of: Timing, Versatility and Level of Difficulty over a 4 minute period of judged performance. Tunes must be accepted Olde Tyme type.
  • In the Open Class, if a contestant goes on to the playdowns, three different tunes must be played from those played in the preliminaries.
  • DUET CLASS: Open to all contestants. Any combination of two fiddlers, no age limit. Must play in harmony, a Waltz, a Jig and Tune of choice in that order. Top Three will play again Saturday night. Scores from both performances will be combined to determine the final placing.
  •     Robert Rathwell Memorial Trophy, Canadian Tune of Choice class 18 and under Fiddle - $125
       New Rule - The final round set of tunes will consist of a Waltz, Jig, Reel and a Canadian composed tune of choice, played in that order, within a five minute and thirty second time limit.  Playing over the time limit will result in a five mark penalty from the combined total of the judges' scores of the tune of choice.  The name and composer of the Canadian composed tune of choice must be indicated on the contestant registration form for 18 and under class contestants.  The Canadian tune of choice can be in any style.  The Canadian tune of choice is marked separate from the Waltz, Jig and Reel, for the purpose of the separate Canadian tune of choice prize.

Step Dance Contest Rules

STEP DANCE CONTEST RULES
1. Contestants in the OPEN CLASS, and 18
and under must dance a CLOG, JIG and REEL in that order without stopping. If there are more than twelve contestants in the 18 and under the committee may ask that the contestants only perform a REEL. The finalists will be required to perform a CLOG, JIG and REEL in that order.
2. Contestants in the 9, 12, 15 and under
19-49 and 50+ must perform a REEL only.

3. Contestants may employ their own accompaniment or use those provided by the Contest (fiddle and piano).

4. Contestant may not give any signal to their accompanist during performance, signifying a request to change to a JIG or REEL. In sure event, points will be deducted.

5. Contestants may enter only one class. Exception: Group Classes, Duet, Gospel fiddle.

6. Points will be awarded on basis of: Step Quantity and Quality, as well as step timing and style over a three minute period of judged performance.

7. Group Classes: To be in groups of 2 to 6, over a four minute period of judged performance, with an additional of execution. A person may dance in one Group or Group Class only. Top three in the Open Group Class will perform Saturday Night. Scores for both performances will be combined to determine final placement.

Junior Groups will be judged in their entirety on Saturday Night. Average age of Junior Group must be twelve or under.


Entry Information

FEE: An entry fee of $10.00 per class if pre-Registered or $12 if registering at the Contest.

Open Group, Duet Class and Gospel Fiddle entry fee $2,00 per competitor. No entry fee for Contestants 12 and under.

WARM –UP ROOM: A tuned piano will be Located upstairs in the Arena.

1. Contestants in all classes except 9 and under are required to play a WALTZ, JIG and a REEL (or breakdown) in that order or they will not be judged. Contestants in the 9 and under class are required to play only ONE of a WALTZ, JIG or a REEL.

If there are more than twelve contestants in the 12, 15 or 18 and under classes the committee may ask that the contestants play a WALTZ, and either a JIG or REEL for the preliminaries. Finalists will be required to play ALL THREE.

2. Only one instrument may accompany, and it may NOT play the melody.

3. A tuned piano is on stage and an appointed Accompanist will be available.

4. Contestants may only compete in one class – their own age group or the OPEN. Exemptions Duet and Gospel classes.

5. Points will be awarded on the basis of: Timing, Versatility and level of Difficulty over a four minute period of judged performances. Tunes must be accepted Old Tyme Type.

6. In the Open Class, if a contestant goes on to the final playdown, three different tunes must be played from those played in the preliminaries.

7. DUET CLASS: Open to all contestants. Any combination of two fiddlers, no age limit. Must play In harmony a WALTZ, JIG and TUNE OF CHOICE In that order. Top three will play again Saturday night. Scores from both performances will be combined to determine the final placing.


OVER $7,500 IN PRIZE MONEY!
FIDDLE PRIZE MONEY

Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Open 500 400 300
Duet 100 75 50
65+ 100 75 50
50-64 100 75 50
19-49 100 75 50
18 & under 175 125 50 40 35
18 & under – Robert Rathwell Memorial Trophy - $125

15 & under 80 60 40 25 20

12 & under 80 60 40 25 20

9 & under 75 55 45 35 25 20 18 16

9 & under Participation Awards $10

STEP DANCE PRIZE MONEY

Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Open 500 400 300
Open Grp 170 135 110
Jr. Group 145 110 85
50 + 100 75 50
19-49 100 75 50
18 & under 175 125 50 40 35

15 & under 80 60 40 25 20
12 & under 80 60 40 25 20
9 & under 75 55 45 35 25 20 18 16
9 & under Participation Awards $10

ADDITIONAL STEP DANCE AND FIDDLE PRIZES

Youngest Competing Dancer/Fiddler $50
Oldest Competing Dancer/Fiddler $25
Local Competing Dancer/Fiddler with Highest Points $25
(Open to residents of Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls and
Twps. of Verulam, Harvey and Sommerville.)

*Excludes contestants in Open Competition


 

 
Telephone
705-738-9171
Postal address
Ontario Open, Box 1038, Bobcaygeon, Ont. K0M 1A0
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