Fiddlers' Convention

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The 16th Annual Tazewell County Fiddlers’ Convention  

July 13-14, 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.

2018 Schedule

Friday, July 13

12:00 pm - Gates Open.

4:00 pm - Master Classes with Ron Mullennex and Mark Campbell in Old Time Banjo and Fiddle.

5:00 pm - Joint Master Fiddle and Banjo Workshop Session.

6:00 pm - Masters Duet Performance by Mark Campbell and Ron Mullennex on the Daniel-Murray Homestead Stage.

6:30 pm - Performance by Dale Elswick's Youth All Stars.

7:00 pm - Old Fashioned Dance on the Green with live music by The Allegheny Rangers.

Saturday, July 14

10:00 am - Youth Competition begins.

11:00 am - Individual Instrument & Duet Competitions begin, including dobro, guitar, fiddle, and banjo.
                     Smaller cash categories for duclimer, harmonica, autoharp, and bass will be included, and ribbon categories for folk song
                     and traditional dance.  (Dance competition held after conclusion of band competition.)

6:30 pm - Induction of the 2018 honorees for Lifetime Achievement, followed by a group jam of new and past honorees to
                    “Will the Circle Be Unbroken." 

7:00 pm - Old Time and Bluegrass Band Competition begins.

10:30 pm - Presentation of cash awards and ribbons to competitors in all categories.

 

**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.


Camping
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.

Parking
Ample parking is available in the park & ride lot next to
Fort Witten and across Crab Orchard Road by Frog Level Service Station.  The museum parking lot is reserved for handicapped parking ONLY.  Event attendees are not permitted to park within the grounds of the Pioneer Park.

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.

Tickets

Weekend Pass – $12
Single Day Pass – $7
(Friday or Saturday)
Master Class Fee* - $35

FREE event admission for kids 12 and under with accompanying adult.

*Master Class fee includes complimentary
full weekend event admission

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

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Click the button below to purchase passes and classes online.

Click the button below to pre-register for Master Classes and Event Competitions.


Directions
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.

Contact
 (276) 988-6755 or info@craborchardmuseum.com

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


Thank you to our generous 2017 sponsors

 

Platinum Fiddle
 

Silver Mandolin

Hurst-Scott Funeral Homes of Richlands & Tazewell

 

Bronze Dobro

Blankenship & Associates
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Cargo Oil
Gillespie, Hart, Altizer & Whitesell
Homestead Rentals
Jennmar
Kimberly's Greenhouse at Pisgah
Olde Virginia Pharmacy
Patricia Harry
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Norton

 

Brass Dulcimer

National Bank
TruPoint Bank

 

Steel Guitar

Anonymous
Bob & Kathy Buchanan
1st Sentinel Bank
Tazewell Lions Club
Marshall Miller & Associates, Inc.
Garland & Cynthia Roberts