CASA GRANDE — The Casa Grande-based fiddling Dietrich sisters have returned from Iowa with trophies from the National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest and Festival.
The sisters, who often perform together as the Arizona Wildflowers, travel to the competition every year with several members of the family competing at various levels.
At the recent national championships, Aspen, 7, placed second in the Small Fry Division and Ranelle, 10, placed fourth in the 17 and younger Swing Fiddle Division.
Competing together, Madi, 18, and Ranelle placed fifth in the twin fiddle competition, in which Ranelle was the youngest competitor.
“Twin fiddle is where one player plays melody and the other plays harmony,” said the girls’ mother, Tiffany Dietrich.
For the Dietrich siblings, music is synonymous with family time. Madi, the oldest of seven siblings, serves as music teacher for her younger brother and sisters.
All the siblings began to play the fiddle at age 3.
Madi plays the violin, fiddle, guitar and mandolin. Ranelle recently began playing the mandolin.
“Ranelle loves the mandolin,” Madi said in a recent interview. “She plays it as her primary instrument for the band.”
About five years ago, the family began competing in fiddle and bluegrass competitions across the country, taking home multiple awards for their musical talents.
In 2018, the group was the opening act for Michael Martin Murphey at the Payson Old Time Fiddlers Contest and Acoustic Celebration. They’ll return to the Payson Opry again this year in September.
In January, the Arizona Wildflowers were the only Casa Grande-based band to perform at the Agri-Country Bluegrass Festival at the Pinal Fairgrounds and Event Center.
They often perform at churches, fundraisers and private events as well as festivals and competitive events.
“It all started because we love music. We love playing music together,” Madi said.
For fans hoping to catch a summertime performance of the Arizona Wildflowers, the group plans to compete in an open-to-the-public talent show that begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, at CrossRoads Church, 3151 N. Piper Ave.
“All of their other summer events are private,” Tiffany said.
The talent show includes cash prizes of up to $1,000 for the winner. For more information about the CrossRoads talent show, visit the church Facebook page under CrossRoads Church Casa Grande.