In Shoshone at the Wagon Days Fiddle Contest on Saturday, July 12, the Wood River Valley band Slow Children Playing nabbed a first place in the Union Pacific train song contest.
Hailey resident Tim East wrote the song "Desert Train" about 15 years ago. Both the 812 band, with whom East plays keyboards, and Slow Children Playing perform the song.
"Union Pacific donated money to the fiddler's contest, and since they did they decided to have a train song in their honor," said Matt Renner of Slow Children Playing. "It was pretty exciting. We won $200."
Representatives of Union Pacific Railroad judged the contest.
This is the first year the fiddle contest was held at Shoshone, and was named Wagon Days Fiddle Contest four years ago when it was conceived as part of Ketchum's Wagon Days celebration by Renner and Ken Worthington.
"The board of directors for Arts in the Park put on the whole thing," Renner said. "Then Ken and I organized the fiddle contest for them. Last year we did the Old Time Fiddlers' Jamboree. We had to move it because Ketchum wanted us to do all the work and raise all the money. Organizing is a lot of work. Being busy with jobs, we didn't have time. We kept the name. It was a huge success this year, though. It's almost better down there because Shoshone needs stuff like that, so they were a lot more receptive to it."