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Louisiana State Fiddle Championship

Due to the ongoing pandemic NSU will not be able to hold the Louisiana State Fiddle Championship as a face-to-face event in Prather Coliseum in July 2021. However, the Natchitoches-NSU Virtual Festival can be found on YouTube at nsu.la/FolkFest. This online festival includes free videos of performances by music groups such as Rusty Metoyer & The Zydeco Krush, the LaCour Trio, Ron Yule and Friends, the Yvette Landry Trio, Soul Creole, and a virtual Cajun fiddle workshop with Wilson Savoy and Chris Segura of the Pine Leaf Boys as well as interviews with folk artists such as Juanita Leonard and Roy Parfait!

Natchitoches NSU Folk Festival

The purpose of the Louisiana State Fiddlers’ Championship (LSFC) is to perpetuate the traditional music and styles of fiddling integral to many kinds of Louisiana music, to help develop an appreciation and understanding of traditional music, to encourage young fiddlers to pursue musical endeavors, and to encourage jam sessions and contests as a way to promote creativity and the continuation of the fiddle tradition.

2019 Louisiana State Fiddle Championship Winners

Championship Round

1st Grand Champion: Ron Yule

2nd Place: Joe Suchanek

3rd Place: Owen Meche

Twin Fiddles Competition 

1st Place Tie: Wilfred Luttrell and Ron Yule

1st Round: Ages 0-21

1st Place: Owen Meche

1st Round: Ages 60+

1st Place: Joes Suchanek

2nd Place: Ron Yule

3rd Place: Birgit Murphy

4th Place: Mark Young

5th Place: Wilfred Luttrell

6th Place: Ron Pace

For more information, contact us at folklife@nsula.edu or (318) 357-4332

Wheelchair Accessible

Prather coliseum and CAPA Annex/Magale Recital Hall are wheelchair accessible.

Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival Venue/LA State Fiddle Championship

Grand Champions


2004   Lauren Hodges – Ragley, LA (17 years old)

2005   Ben Robinson – Choudrant, LA (19 years old)

2006   Emily Young – DeRidder, LA (19 years old)

2007   Vic Middleton – Homer, LA (29 years old)

2008   Hallie Yarbrough – Bastrop, LA (41 years old)

2009   Ben Robinson – Choudrant, LA (23 years old)

2010   Jason Saucer – West Monroe, LA (33 years old)

2011   Lauren Ford- Monroe, LA (17 years old)

2012   Beau Thomas -Abbeville, LA (39 years old)

2013   Thomas Jenkins – Bush, LA (29 years old)

2014   Carson Taylor – West Monroe, LA (12 years old)

2015   James Linden Hogg – Prairieville, LA (15 years old)

2016   Joanna Calhoun – West Monroe, LA (17 years old)

2017   Joe Suchanek — Fields, LA (60 years old)

2018   Clancey Stewart — Florien, LA (20 years old)

2019   Ron Yule — DeRidder, LA (76 years old)

Louisiana State Fiddle Championship/Rebel State Historic Site Venue

Grand Champions

1970   Thomas Ray Beebe

1971   Tex Grimsley

1972   Charlie Walding

1973   Hank Strickland

1974   Bob Henderson

1975   Ken Smith

1976   Jamesette Kile

1977   Jewels Lasyone

1978   Jewels Lasyone

1979   Scarlett Johnson

1980   Ken Smith

1981   Greg Edwards

1982   Louis Darby

1983   Ken Smith

1984   Chuck Nation

1985   Johnny Johnson



1988   Mary Grimsley

1989   Curry Perkins

1990   Ken Smith

1991   Fred Beavers

1992   Curry Perkins

1993   Ken Smith

1994   Bill Grass

1995   John Johnson

1996   Amanda Dark

1997   T-Bo Lairscey

1998   Britton Currie

1999   Curry Perkins

2000   Ron Yule

2001   Jamesette Kile

2002   Dallas Cooley

2003   Fred Beavers

* The winners for 1986 and 1987 are missing from the plaque.
List provided by Stacy Cates, Interpretive Ranger at Rebel State Historic Site in Marthaville, LA on June 15, 2010.
Phone: 1-888-677-3600 · email: rebel@crt.state.la.us