I had a blast yesterday but I had to ‘put myself out there’… Let me explain.
For the second year in a row I coordinated a Fiddle Fest. I hired judges, created the flyers,designed and ordered trophies, hired an emcee, bought the snacks, trained volunteers, greeted the public, answered questions, took photos, tallied score sheets, and (best of all) handed out trophies.
I have a list of suggestions about how we can make it better for next year. Comments from volunteers, participants, judges and the public have all been recorded.
The “No Comfort Zone” aspect of this was – pretty much everything. It’s like throwing a party and nobody comes. But HAJUALLIA… people came. Fiddlers, families, judges, reporters, and the public came. They smiled and clapped and threw support my way as well.
I stood in awe and watched as 4 and 5-year-old children stood on the stage and performed. They were in their ‘zone’ whereas I don’t play a fiddle or any instrument. It was humbling to watch.
I think we all put ourselves in situations where we say “YES” and then wonder “what was I thinking?” and yet, this is year two so that can’t be my excuse.
I had fun, I was in constant motion, I was happy to be part of it and when the day was over … the adrenaline was used up. Off for a delightful dinner where I could let the shoulders down and enjoy some good food and engaging conversation!
What next you wonder? Ha! You’ll have to wait and see…
Click and listen to these amazing fiddlers …
Weld County Fiddler Fest Fiddlers: Cody Stadelmaier & Trish Osthoff play Swedish Rhaposody
Swedish Rhaposody – Fiddle Tune A Day – Day 188 (www.vithefiddler.com)
- No Comfort Zone Challenge: 7 month update (margekatherine.com)
- No Comfort Zone Week Ending July 29 (quillfyre.wordpress.com)
- Irish American Jig – Fiddle Tune A Day – Day 202 (www.vithefiddler.com)
- Swedish Rhaposody – Fiddle Tune A Day – Day 188
- Mud Fiddlers (villagecraftsmen.blogspot.com)
- When Fiddlers Fiddle Fiddlers?? (radicalglasgowblog.blogspot.com)
- Old-Time Jam Session plays Missouri-style fiddle music (columbiamissourian.com)
- Album Review: Clinton Gregory – ‘Too Much Ain’t Enough’ (mykindofcountry.wordpress.com)
14 thoughts on “Fiddle-de-dee! Back in the No Comfort Zone Again!”
What a neat thing to have accomplished! Kudos to you!
Many, Many Congratulations, MargeKatherine! I know well the amount of work which goes into a Festival of that type. 😎
Whew! I’m tired just reading all that you did, MargeKatherine. Still, look what you accomplished; everyone was able to benefit from your hard work.
Blessings – Maxi
Sounds like an awesome task but, very rewarding… good for you… and I’m waiting for what comes up next…~mkg
Thanks – it would have been much easier to sit at home and watch the Olympics but this was WAY more fun for me!
I had wonderful support and resources but once they were in my hands so was the work! It’s a blast to see it unfold!
Creating a Fiddle Festival was a great way to get a new and diverse population to the county fair. Prior to taking on this challenge, I never really listened to fiddlers and now I adore them.
Ah ha, the next thing. It will be here before you know it! Another volunteer event, no doubt!
Well done, what a brilliant achievement that was fun for so many people. I love fiddles!
Congrats to you and all your helpers to a successful year!! Yippee.
Hi Gilly – Now I have a love and appreciation for them that I never had prior to this whole event. It truly was a win-win situation.
Right on, sister, right on!
This looks like so much fun! Congrats on a job well done. 🙂
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