World Championship​​
Fiddlers Festival
81st Annual September 23, 2017
The Date Has Been Set
The Date for the 2017 Fidders Festival has been set for September 23, 2017, the fourth Saturday in September!
Festival Start Time is 10:00 AM.  
This year's location takes us "Back to our Roots" and will be held around  the
Houston County Courthouse Square in Historic Crockett Texas!
Concessions, Art & Craft booths, and lots of great music!
Bigger and better than before!  The 81st Annual Fidders Festival! 
We hope to see you all there!!!
Remember!  Anyone wanting to perform in the festival, enter the contest, or sign up for a booth, contact us now! 
Honorees for 2017  


Norman Solomon

Ervin Solomon

Vernon Solomon

Betty Solomon

Master of Ceremonies

Lonnie Hunt

​​ Pipp Gillette​​​ ​​ ​​

Lonnie Hunt’s voice is a familiar one to the folks in Crockett and Houston County.  For many years, he was a regular on Radio KIVY where he was a host of The Morning Show and narrated numerous Crockett Bulldog sporting events. A former school board member, he became Houston County Judge in 2007, an office which he held for five years.  In 2011, he resigned from his position to become a representative with the Texas Association of Counties. In this job, he was able to visit all 254 Texas Counties, making many friends along the way.  He is now Executive Director of the Deep East Texas Council of Governments which allows him to spend his weekends at his home in Crockett.  We are pleased to avail ourselves of Lonnie’s talents today.

WINNER of the
2016 Western Heritage Award for 
“Traditional Western Album” 
from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City

Our mission: 1936 - 2017 Celebrating 81 Years - The World Championship Fiddlers Festival has returned to the Davy Crockett Memorial Park where it was held many years ago. A group of citizens re-formed the association with the mission of keeping the tradition and music alive, and returning the festival to its original roots; as an old timey outdoor fiddlers festival

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Carl Hopkins

Ricky Turpin

Brian Solomon

2017 Fiddler Festival Judges (L-R)

Carl Hopkins 

Carl has many accomplishments to his credit, such as playing on the Grand Ol’ Opry when he was only 13 years old, winning the Texas State Championship title, and winning the World Championship title, which he currently holds.

Ricky Turpin
Ricky has been the Texas State Fiddle Champion twice, a World Series of Fiddling Champion, first runner-up for the Grand Nationals Championship and a two-time Grammy winner.

Brian Solomon
Brian is the grandson of Norman and Betty Solomon from whom he inherits his love and passion for music.  He comes from many generations of fiddle music, from his father Ronald, to his great grandfather Ervin Solomon.  He's been around fiddle music all of his life and has had the pleasure of meeting many great musicians.  His influences have not only been his family, but the many great musicians throughout Texas and beyond.  Nowadays, Brian enjoys sharing music with his wife Carolina and son Jackson in the hopes that fiddle music will carry on to the next generation.

Let's make these three judges welcome to the Pineywoods of East Texas and Crockett, Texas

2014 World Champion Fiddler

2015 World Champion Fiddler

2016 World Champion Fiddler

Wess Westmoreland III  
The 78th World Championship Fiddlers Festival winner.  

Carl Hopkins
The 79th World Champitonship Fiddlers Festival winner.  

Matthew Hartz
The 80th World Champitonship Fiddlers Festival winner.  


World Championship Fiddlers Festival of Crockett, Texas
Bryan Jimmerson is one of my best friends and I'm so excited that you are all banding togather to get this contest back on track.  Crockett needed an infusion of enthusiasm and it appears you are all just what the contest needed.  My apologies for not updating the information sooner - I've been in touch with Bryan about it all along the way and dropped the ball on my part.  I'm fixing it now and will be more on top of it in the future.  Good luck with the event and hang in there - it'll take a year or two to get people back in the swing of things but I know Crockett can take back its place among some of thebest contest out there.
Cheers, Megan

Megan B. Lynch Chowning

Y'all do a wonderful work keeping alive this Crockett tradition which contributes to her uniqueness. I was happy to see life was breathed back into the event last year. It is a family tradition to attend the festival with my children each year. I consider it important that my children identify their heritage with Crockett. Certainly family roots do this, but events are just as important. The modern culture has a way of erasing a person's heritage. Keeping alive this tradition helps establish a cultural identity. Thank you.

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Free Admission -  Arts & Crafts Booths Avaliable

Things I Remember
by Bill Sharp
Back in the past, the 1940's , the "Fiddlers Contest" was held on the East side of the Courthouse.  The contestants played on the porch and the audience mostly stood on the East lawn.  I remember people standing, I don't think there were very many chairs.  As is nowdays, Fiddlers came from all over the country.  There were several bands.  One of the bands was Bob Greens Band with Hoyt Skidmore on the steel guitar.  Hoyt could make that thing talk.  He was my favorite.  A couple of the other bands were inmates from the prisons.  I don't remember if the men from the "Walls" had a name, but the women were "The Goree Girls," They were very good musicians.  The street on the East side of the square was roped off and after the contest was over, a street dance was held.  Can you imagine dancing on a street paved with red bricks?  These are my memories from my teen years.
P.S.  The driving force behind it all was Mr. Barker Tunstall- Fiddler, piano tuner and a great entertainer. 
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Hope To See You At The 81st Annual Festival!