Fiddlers' Convention

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The 17th Annual Tazewell County Fiddlers’ Convention  

July 12-13, 2019

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

Click here for 2019 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.

Download the 2019 Fiddlers’ Convention brochure here.

2019 Schedule

Friday, July 12

12:00 pm - Gates Open.

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

7:00 pm - Old Fashioned Dance on the Green with caller Joan Yates, cake & pie walks.

8:00 - 9:00 pm - Phil Bevins & Friends live old time music

Saturday, July 13

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 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.

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.


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

FREE event admission 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

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

* To download the 2018 Fiddlers’ Convention press release, click here.

Thank you to our generous 2019 sponsors


Platinum Fiddle

Silver Mandolin

Hurst-Scott Funeral Homes of Richlands & Tazewell


Bronze Dobro

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


Brass Dulcimer

Marshall Miller & Associates, Inc.
National Bank
TruPoint Bank
1st Sentinel Bank


Steel Guitar

Bob & Kathy Buchanan
Garland & Cynthia Roberts