Fiddlers' Convention

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The 16th Annual Tazewell County Fiddlers’ Convention  

July 13-15, 2018

Full weekend event to be held on the grounds of
Historic Crab Orchard Museum's Pioneer Park

Click here for 2017 Competition Results


Bring the family to Tazewell for a weekend of traditional Mountain Music, Old-Fashioned Cake and Pie walks, Flat Foot Dancing, Parking Lot Jamming, Talented Instrument and Band Competitions, Cash Prizes, Camping, and Fellowship in the cool mountain air.

The Big Event

The festivities will begin on Friday afternoon with a new offering for this year’s convention – Master Classes in Old Time Banjo and Fiddle.   At 4 pm Ron Mullennex will lead an Old Time Banjo Workshop and Mark Campbell will lead the Old Time Fiddle Workshop.  A joint banjo and fiddle workshop session will follow at 5 pm.  Then at 6 pm attendees will be treated to a Masters Duet Performance by Mark Campbell and Ron Mullnnex on the Daniel-Murray Homestead stage.  Youth performances by Dale Elswick’s Youth All Stars will kick off at 6:30, followed by an old-fashioned Dance On The Green at 7 pm.  Tower Street String Band will provide live old time music for square dancing with caller Joan Yates.  At 8 pm, the Tower Street String band will entertain as the sun sets, while impromptu sets of pickers gather in the park to jam and put the finishing touches on competition tunes.

On Saturday, musicians of all ages will compete throughout the day with Youth Competition beginning at 10 am.  Individual instrument categories and duets, including dobro, guitar, fiddle, and banjo, will begin at 11 am.  Smaller cash categories for duclimer, harmonica, autoharp, and bass will be included, and ribbon categories for folk song and traditional dance.  The induction of the 2017 honorees for Lifetime Achievement will take place at 6:30 Saturday evening and is always a highlight of the weekend.  A group jam of current and past honorees to “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” will follow the presentation.  Band competition will begin and conclude on Saturday night and cash awards and ribbons will be presented to the competitors in all categories at the end of the evening.

 A Gospel Sing and interdenominational church service will be held on Sunday morning at 10 am.  Campers and community attendees will gather in the Red Barn to close the weekend with bluegrass and old time gospel music.

**All competitions and performances will be conducted outside on the front porch of the Daniel-Murray Homestead Cabin**

To view the list of past Lifetime Achievement Honorees, click here.



Weekend Pass – $12
Single Day Pass (Friday/Saturday) – $7

All events FREE for kids 12 and under with accompanying adult.

Passes are available at the gate.  Competitors receive an event t-shirt after performing.
**Admission to the Fiddlers’ Convention includes admission to the Museum Center**

Helpful Hint:  If you are bringing instruments, tents, chairs, etc., please drop them at the entrance gate (tables provided), park across the road, and pick them up as you check-in at the front gate.

Camping is first-come, first served on the property across from the museum entrance (behind Frog Level Service Station), with no hookups or dumping stations.  Water outlets available.  Primitive camping spaces, free.  $20/night/RV camping.

From Bluefield, WV/VA:  take Hwy 19/460 west through Tazewell.  Historic Crab Orchard Museum is located on the left side of the road, approximately 1.5 miles past the Fairgrounds Rd. exit.  From Abingdon, VA:  take Hwy 19/460 east past Richlands toward Tazewell.  Historic Crab Orchard Museum is on the right, just past the Tazewell Livestock Market.

 (276) 988-6755 or

* For additional information, download the 2017 Fiddlers’ Convention brochure here.
* To download the 2016 Fiddlers’ Convention press release, click here.