The Taylor McBaine Memorial Fiddle Contest

at the Fall Heritage Festival, Columbia, Missouri


Register at 12:30 pm;

Fiddlers’ contest 1-5 pm


-4 divisions of play:

Novice (age 10 and under);

Youth (age 11-15);

Adult (16-55);

Esquire (56 and better)


-Cash prizes for 5 places in Youth, Adult and Esquire divisions

-Cash, ribbons and certificates for all participants in the Novice division

-Playoff between #1 fiddlers in the Adult and Esquire divisions; winner’s name engraved on the Taylor McBaine Memorial Grand Champion Trophy that is displayed at the Boone County Historic Museum in Nifong Park


Fiddlers must compete in their own age group;

Up to two accompanists permitted per contestant

Complete set of rules available at registration table.


Sponsored by Columbia Parks and recreation. For more information, call (573) 874-6397


Hosted by the Missouri Traditional Fiddle and Dance Network. Contact John White at (573) 696-3776 or


Directions: From I-70 take Hwy 63 south to AC exit. Turn west onto Old 63, then left onto APonderosa. Pass Nifong Blvd and the park is on the right. Park in public parking area. If you wish to park in the vendor area please contact Karen ramey at (573) 874-6397 for a parking pass. The contest will be held at the Walters Boone County Museum Veranda Sttage. No admission charge.




Taylor Franklin McBaine

Boone County Fiddler

Three-time State Fiddle Champ


(Howard Marshall, photo)

(more pictures of Taylor McBaine

from the Missouri Traditional Fiddle and Dance Network here)



 Taylor McBaine

From Cathy Barton and Dave Para – reminiscences of Taylor McBaine


Taylor McBaine’s obituary


Pictures from the 2005 Contest:



Adult 1st place: Katie Benyo of Lee’s Summit, Mo.




Esquire winner: 1st Howard Marshall (on right) of Fulton, Mo. with Dale Pauley, 2nd place (on left) of Columbia, Mo. and Pippa Letsky (far left) contest MC




Junior winner: Julie Myers of Lee’s Summit, Mo.





Novice winner: Reggie Tyler of Columbia, Mo.





Grand Champion: Katie Benyo of Lee’s Summit, Mo





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