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.
“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.”