Sounds of the Stock Show: 12-year-old fiddler Annika Bennion

January 12, 2015

Annika Bennion of Sidney, Montana competed against nine other fiddle players at the National Western Stock Show on Saturday. She advanced to the final round of the junior-junior division on Sunday before bowing out with a second-place finish.

She said fiddling is more fun than classical violin:
“Classical violin teachers are very scary, and it’s more strict. With fiddling, I think it’s a little more relaxed. On fiddle, I practice about two-and-a-half hours a day daily and I take lessons from my teachers through Skype and I listen to recordings. For me I think that contests -- they are also about competing but, especially in fiddle, they’re also more about having fun. Because if you're just wanting to win and that's all you care about ... you might win, but having fun is really important. And the judges can tell.”
The National Western Stock Show runs through next weekend. Check here for more Sounds of the Stock Show installments. 
CPR's Nathaniel Minor contributed to this report.