Books [Mrs. Roland Whittington]
Form C Text of Interview No. 5 (Unedited)
C. F. Derven
September 6, 1938
Subject ———— Welsh-American Eisteddvods
Q. You were an adjudicator, or judge, in one of the Eisteddvods held in Poultney according to this program that I have.
A. I was adjudicator for the sewing and darning contest, but there were no entries in the sewing contest. I had to judge only the darning that year.
Q. That was in 1929, according to this program. It was leaned to me by Mrg. Margaret Edmunds.
A. Her husband, Tom, was adjudicator in poetry that year. He was an adjudicator for many Eisteddvods before he died.
Q. Do you happen to have any programs for other years.
A. I do not know whether I have any programs of Poultney Eisteddvods, but I may have programs from other towns. I'll look for them and let you take them if I find any.
Q. Are the programs; that is, the subjects apt to be the same every year? Is this 1929 program typical?
A. We haven't had an Eisteddvod of that size lately. There was one two years ago at Christmas time. It was a small [contestv?] compared to the one that you mention. I'd say that that program was typical of the large contest.
Q. Are there many contestants in the larger contests?
A. The contests are open to Welsh people and anyone else who wants to enter. I can't say how many there would be. [?] Usually there are two, or three mixed choruses, several singers in the challenge sales, and other contests. The challenge sales are open to men and women. They pick their own pieces to sing.