75th Annual Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax VA

by DavePhillips on August 13, 2010

It seems like every August someone asks me “Hey, do you want to go fiddling next week?” And no, I don’t play the fiddle, but it’s always fun to get a group of friends together and head to this annual event which is celebrating it’s 75th year.

If you have never been then you may wonder what to expect.

First of all, this is an actual week long competition. Starting on Monday with the youth fiddler’s competition and culminating Saturday night with Blue Grass Band and Old Time Band competitions, you will see some of the best amateur musicians in the nation.

But the music is not just relegated to the grandstand stage. With thousands in attendance it would be impossible to everyone to have a seat for the competitions. But that’s alright, because some of the best music can be heard out in the fairgrounds. Many musicians and bands will wander around the campsites playing here and there with crowds gathering all around. This will last into the wee hours of the morning.

I might not listen to bluegrass and old time music all the time, but every time I hear it, it warms my heart and soul. The Old Fiddler’s Convention showcases the culture and musical history of this area in the best way.

For more information and a complete schedule, visit the Old Fiddler’s Convention’s website.

Who wants to go Fiddling?

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