FIDDLIN' AROUND

June 10, 2002 11:00 pm
TALKIN' FIDDLE: Conversing with each other during down time at the Wallowa County Old-Time Fiddlers Contest in Enterprise at Cloverleaf Hall Saturday are, from left, Tiffany Williams, 11, Richland, Wash., Sophie Apgar, 8, West Richland, Wash., and Grace Donovan, 11, Enterprise. Tiffany and Grace took third and fourth respectively in the Junior Junior division. Sophie took first in the small fry division, after tying with Grace's brother Hugh, then edging him out in a play off. (The Observer/GARY FLETCHER).
TALKIN' FIDDLE: Conversing with each other during down time at the Wallowa County Old-Time Fiddlers Contest in Enterprise at Cloverleaf Hall Saturday are, from left, Tiffany Williams, 11, Richland, Wash., Sophie Apgar, 8, West Richland, Wash., and Grace Donovan, 11, Enterprise. Tiffany and Grace took third and fourth respectively in the Junior Junior division. Sophie took first in the small fry division, after tying with Grace's brother Hugh, then edging him out in a play off. (The Observer/GARY FLETCHER).

ENTERPRISE — It was double the fun for Tyson Samples of Joseph at the Wallowa County Old Time Fiddlers Contest June 7-8. Samples narrowly squeaked past veteran fiddler Charlie Trump in the two divisions where they met bow to bow.

Trump was clearly delighted to have Samples take first place. Samples, 18, grew up listening to Trump, 84, play fiddle and learned a lot of tunes from him. There was a one-point difference in the County Open Contest, and a three-point difference in the Championship division. Trump struggled momentarily to begin his waltz, and may have lost a point or two there.

It was double trouble for small fry contestants Sophia Apgar, of West Richland, Wash., and Hugh Donovan of Enterprise when it was discovered they had tied for first place. A tie is an unusual, though not unheard of, event in fiddling contests. The contestants choose whether they will play off in a hoedown, waltz, or tune of choice, then each may select a tune from that category. Apgar emerged the winner after the playoff.

Canyon City can boast two winners as Ben Schaefer repeated as champion in the Junior-Junior Division, while sister Amanda finished first in the Junior Division.

Complete winners list follows:

Wallowa County Juniors

1st, Jared Zwanziger, Enterprise; 2nd, Hannah Zwanziger, Enterprise; 3rd, Grace Donovan, Enterprise; 4th, Hugh Donovan, Enterprise.

Wallowa County Open

1st, Tyson Samples, Joseph; 2nd, Charles Trump, Wallowa; 3rd, Len Samples, Joseph; 4th, Allen Schnetzky, Flora.

Seniors

1st, Ruel Teague, Burns; 2nd, Jack Cogburn, La Grande; 3rd, Don Norton, Imnaha; 4th, Helen Rost, La Grande; 5th, John Kusske, Othello, Wash.; 6th, Joyce Erickson, Grangeville, Idaho.

Small Fry

1st, Sophia Apgar, 8, West Richland, Wash.; 2nd, Hugh Donovan, 9, Enterprise; 3rd, Jonathan Mattes, 9, La Grande; 4th, Gabriel Davis, 8, Pullman, Wash.

Junior-Junior

1st, Ben Schaefer, 12, Canyon City; 2nd, Jared Zwanziger, 13, Enterprise; 3rd, Tiffany Williams, 11, Pasco, Wash.; 4th, Grace Donovan, 11, Enterprise; 5th, Chase Apgar, 11, Pasco; 6th, Hannah Zwanziger, 10, Enterprise; 7th, Bethany Davis, 11, Pullman.

Junior

1st, Amanda Schaefer, 17, Canyon City; 2nd, Anna Snook, 14, La Grande.

Intermediate

1st, Jesse Jones, La Grande.

Open

1st, Lacey Kay Wilson, Imbler; 2nd, Kathy Apgar, Pasco.

Championship

1st, Tyson Samples, Joseph; 2nd, Charles Trump, Wallowa; 3rd, Marie Hardesty, Pasco; 4th, Bern Youngblood, La Grande; 5th, Matt West, Kennewick, Wash.; 6th, Cheryl Hall, Yakima, Wash.; 7th, Kent Craig, Weiser, Idaho.