The Original Michigan Fiddlers Association plays in Evart

EVART – Fiddlers from around Mid Michigan played several square dancing and waltz tunes Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Evart.

Accompanied by a bassist and pianists, fiddlers from the Original Michigan Fiddlers Association (OMFA) called which tunes they would play, and in which key, leading the music for a few hours without pausing for a break.

“Our group has some people who travel around Michigan, and some local people who are members wherever we go,” said Marie Wilkerson, who helps with public relations for the Original Michigan Fiddlers Association. “We also get a mixture of skill, from beginners to people with a lot of years and experience, playing the fiddle.”

This is the 40th year the fiddler’s association has been traveling around Michigan, organizing events like the one in Evart and playing music for communities, she said. 

“There are some families who have been playing with us from the beginning,” Wilkerson said. “Judy Raber, for example, is a member who’s playing with her dad’s fiddle, and he was a member as well.”

She said the fiddler’s association is attracting some younger members who still like the old-time music.

The OMFA played at the Evart VFW Hall this year because the originally scheduled venue, the Chippewa Lake Community Building, burned down in February.

Wilkerson said on behalf of the OMFA she was grateful to the Evart VFW for hosting the fiddlers to show off their talent and the square dance.