Iowa State Fair

Pioneer Hall: Fiddlers

September 02, 2021

David Bellegante, 61, of Des Moines, fiddled his way to a Grand Championship title in the Fiddlers’ Contest judged August 13-15 at the 2021 Iowa State Fair.

Katharina Schmidt, 19 of Des Moines was named Runner-up Grand Champion Fiddler.

Qualifying contests for the Grand Championship were held Friday through Sunday. The winners of the 18-49 age division and 50 and older age group then advanced to the Grand Champion contest.

Complete results follow:

50 and Over

1) David Bellegante, Des Moines

2) Leon Johnson, Mitchellville

3) Jo Beane, Audubon

4) Bill Sturtz, Boone

5) Jean Friestad, Nevada

Ages 18 to 49

1) Katharina Schmidt, Des Moines

2) Ben McClure, Des Moines

3) Ed Henning, Hartwick

4) Amy Vaughn, Ankeny

5) Jennie Hargrove, Winterset

Ages 13-17

1) Ava Vaughn, Ankeny

2) Sam Alexander, Indianola

Ages 12 and Under

1) Anne Stuart, Polk City

2) Timmy Zachar, Cedar Rapids

3) Saint Berger, Ames