On Aug. 21, a state championship fiddle contest took place at the Missouri State Fair.

To the editor:

On Aug. 21, a state championship fiddle contest took place at the Missouri State Fair.

After the original Touchstone Energy tent was blown down by a storm a day earlier, the contest was moved to the Show Me tent, where on a sunny day some 23 contestants from all across the state gathered to deliver a lively performance of traditional fiddle tunes. Hundreds of spectators under the tent witnessed an impressive array of talent: 13 in the junior division, 5 in the senior division, and 5 in the open division.

Interestingly several of the fiddle contestants also doubled as guitar backup for other contestants with up to four guitarists backing up some fiddlers. Some of the fiddle players seemed fit for a Nashville or Branson-type show, and it was a well-run and very entertaining contest.

Some news reporters could probably write a good article about such a competition, but after searching Missouri newspapers a couple days later, very little was available about the contest. A Sedalia paper had an article that failed to deliver the gist of the competition by being short on facts. Our local papers largely ignored the contest altogether.

Missouri’s official state musical instrument is the fiddle, and fiddle contests are a long tradition in the state. Why does the media neglect to cover a major state championship contest such as the one at the state fair?