Cape Gazette

Fiddler's Festival packs the house

By Nick Roth | Nov 03, 2013
Photo by: Nick Roth Ray Hessin of Bowie, Md., picks the banjo. Hessin competed in the very first Fiddler's Festival 20 years ago.

Rehoboth Beach — As the Sea Witch Festival's costume parade was ending Oct. 26, hundreds of folks wandered into the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center to check out the Fiddler's Festival. The annual competition, now in its 20th year, attracts fiddler and banjo players from throughout the region. Competitors are judged on a scale of 1-25 on rhythm and timing, creativity, stage presence and execution.

Adam Fry of Sellersville, Pa., was the first competitor to take the stage Oct. 26. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Bobby Steiner of Newton, Pa., plays a song he quickly learned for the competition. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Lexi Harrison of Snow Hill, Md., gets a little help during her time on stage. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Tom Furtado of Front Royal, Va., fits the part. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Mike Hessin of Bowie, Md., performed two songs before stepping aside for his father. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
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