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Welcome to the 43rd Annual Fiddlers’ Festival & 10th Annual GVAA Art Festival! This year’s festival will feature both fine music and fine art as the Goleta Valley Art Association joins the Fiddlers for the first time! We look forward to their participation. 


The festival is once again produced and staffed by the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise. Your attendance and purchases at the festival make the local and international work of Rotary Sunrise possible. This includes two annual dental clinics in Santa Barbara, significant improvements to Camp Whittier a local camp for at risk youth, dictionaries for third graders in Santa Barbara schools, our club’s work in Nicaragua to improve health clinics and install a water system in two villages, and much more. We welcome sponsors and encourage you to advertise in the festival program!  


Your support is critical to our work and to supporting the musical community we all treasure!  This year we will once again bring you the finest in traditional American Old Time music and related styles. We also encourage Old Time musicians of all ages and skill levels to compete in the Old Time music contest that's been a part of the festival since its inception. Free workshops will once again give you opportunities to hone your skills and of course there will be plenty of spaces to jam.

Be prepared to do your Christmas shopping early since we'll also be bringing you fine crafts and instruments. Top it off with delicious BBQ, local beer and wine, and the very best of company, all on the grounds of the historic Rancho La Patera & Stow House. It just doesn't get any better!



Since 1972 the festival has been home to one of the premier Old-Time music contests on the West Coast. We encourage contestants at all levels and ages to compete. Contest sign up will be on the day of event.   Early is better!

This year the advanced entrants will compete on the Performance Stage between 1:00 and 2:15 p.m. If you're in this category, let us know by emailing:  Please note! You will still be able to compete if you don't contact us or can't make this time slot!

There will also be free workshops all day, fine crafts and instruments, children's activities, hearty BBQ and beer fresh and local from the Brewhouse!


Performance Stage

  • 11:00 to 11:45            The Honeysuckle Possums
  • 12:00 to 12:45             Dustbowl Revival 
  •   1:00 to   2:15             Advanced Competitors
  •   2:30 to   3:30             Hanz Araki Band featuring Colleen Raney & Cary Novotny
  •   3:45 to   4:45             Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band
  •   4:45 to   5:15             Contest Awards


Contest Stage

  • 10:30 to  12:00            Beginning & Intermediate Competitors
  • 12:15 to  12:45            Triple Chicken Foot
  •  1:00  to   1:30             Bluegrass Soul
  •   1:45 to   2:15             Salt Martians
  •   2:30 to   finish            Beginning & Intermediate Contestants



  • 10:30 to  11:30             Slow Jam with Triple Chicken Foot Area B
  • 11:00 to  11:50             Old Time Fiddle with David Bragger Area A
  • 11:00 to  11:50             Old Time Banjo with Chris Berry Area B
  •   1:00 to    1:50             Bluegrass Fiddle with Lydia Veilleux Area A
  •   2:00 to    2:50             Bluegrass Guitar with Craig Ferguson Area B
  •   3:00 to    4:00             Percussive Dancing with Ruth Alpert & Rebecca Stout Area A            


Poster Credit

Thanks to artist Ruth Ellen Hoag for this year's poster art.  Find out more about her art at: http://www.ruthellenhoag.com


Proudly presented by

The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise!



     Sunday, October 12, 2014
     10 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Rancho La Patera & Stow House
     304 N. Los Carneros Road
     Goleta, California 93117
Ticket prices
     $20  General admission
     $15  Seniors (65+) and Students with ID
     Free 17 and under
       >> Click to get on-line discount tickets
     $2 discount for adult tickets
     Buy on-line before Oct 10


FREE PARKING - Wheelchair Accessible



BBQ & Drinks Available.  Veggie burgers, too!

Dogs are not allowed



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The Fiddlers Convention and Festival is a day long celebration of Traditional American Folk Music produced by the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise.


  • It brings children and adults from the local community and beyond to share a music filled day in a beautiful park setting
  • It preserves our Old Time American Music heritage and encourages musicians to showcase their talent
  • It encourages people to learn more about our country's rich musical heritage
  • It fosters a love of music and inspires many young people to learn to play an instrument


All proceeds and sponsorship donations fund Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise local and international community service projects.

Relax & Enjoy The Music

Thanks to our Emcee and Judges

Special thanks to our Contest Emcee, Mary Katherine Aldin, and our Contest Judges.  Our contest would not be possible without their dedication. 



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