Wall of Fame awards local talent
Submitted photo ... Shown, right, Harold Wright was honoured posthumously for his contributions to the world of fiddling.
Garry Lepine wasn't the only one from the Portage area inducted into the Manitoba Fiddle Association's Wall of Fame on Sunday in Carman.
Harold Wright was also inducted for the prestigious honour as members of his family accepted the award on his behalf. Wright passed away in 2005.
"He fiddled in contests for most of his adult life. He started playing at dances in the early 60s and played for close to 35 years," said Harold's son Garry Wright.
"It was very important to him. It was his favourite hobby for sure."
Wright was born in Lavenham, Manitoba, but grew up in Bagot. Garry said he learned to play fiddle mostly by ear and learned how to play a right handed fiddle, left handed.
Over the years, Wright competed in many contests for the better part of 35 years.
Garry said his father was most proud about winning the provincial championship in 1988, but also had the dignified honour of performing at the Canadian Grandmasters four times - three as a competitor and once as a guest fiddler.
"Our family is very proud of that and it was really important to us that they honoured him that way. If he was living he would have been really proud," said Garry.