49th annual Open Fiddle Championship results
Portage fiddler Melissa St. Goddard, pictured, finished first and won best waltz in the competition's 18-64 age group. (Submitted)
The pouring rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of the fiddle competitors who came to Portage from as far away as Norway House, Man., and Slate River, Ont., to play their best tunes and try for the abundant prize money in each category during the 49th annual Manitoba Open Old Time Fiddle Championships. Twenty-five contestants in all, from age 6-88, entertained a capacity audience at the William Glesby Centre last month. One of the competitors, Emily Green from Belair, Man, recently returned from the Canadian Grand Masters Competition held this past August in Quebec.
The mandate of the Manitoba Fiddle Association Inc., is to encourage, develop, promote and preserve this music. Portage has produced many fiddlers and some of their names are on the trophies in the MFA trophy cabinet housed in the William Glesby Centre. The MFA will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in Sept., 2018 with a gala event.
2017 event results:
10 and under:
1. Danika Hutlet, Lorette, Man.
2. May McCusker, Winnipeg, Man.
3. Gabe Bylyna, Winnipeg, Man.
14 and under:
1. Nathaniel Rattai, Winnipeg, Man.
2. Jett Emerson, Winnipeg Man.
3. Jesse Gregory, Brandon, Man.
18 years and under:
1. Migurl Sorin, Lorette, Man. (Best Waltz)
2. Alexandre Tetrault, Lorette, Man.
3. Alex Ratz, Slate River, Ont.
1. Melissa St. Goddard, Portage, Man. (Best Waltz)
2. William Nielson, Norway House, Man.
3. Marcel Sorin, Lorette, Man.
65 and over:
1. Brian Granger, Nesbitt, Man. (Best Waltz)
2. Roger Bruneau, Portage, Man.
3. Henri Hince, Winnipeg, Man.
1. Emily Green and Kaitlyn Obedzinski
2. Caitlin Baker and Marcel Hapel
1. Caitlin Baker, Brandon, Man.
2. Marcel Hapel, Brandon, Man.
3. Melissa St. Goddard, Portage, Man.
1. Sylvie Reimer, Lorette, Man.
2. Emily Green, Belair, Man.
3. Marcel Hapel, Brandon, Man.
May McCusker, Winnipeg, Man.