46th Annual
Blue Grass & Old-Time
Fiddlers Convention

June 2 & 3, 2017
Veterans Memorial Park
Mount Airy, North Carolina

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The Old-Time music tradition born in Surry County and the sounds of sweet music will carry throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains from local, national and international musicians at the Annual Mount Airy Old-Time Fiddlers Convention at Veterans Memorial Park in Mount Airy, North Carolina.

Always held the first weekend in June, this family friendly event brings together musicians and fans for two full days of competition, jam sessions, dancing, singing, education, and family entertainment . This popular festival, established in 1972, is dedicated to old-time and bluegrass music, as well as dance. The Fiddlers Convention features solo and band competitions whose winners are awarded cash prizes.

The Bluegrass & Old-Time Convention takes place rain or shine at the Veterans Memorial Park in Mount Airy, North Carolina. Emcee for this year's event is Lew Bode. Sound System by Brown Communication.

Bring a lawn chair and encourage a sunny weekend. The contests will be held outside if weather permits.

Trolley service runs Wednesday through Saturday between Veterans Memorial Park and various stops in Downtown Mount Airy.

Be sure to come visit Mount Airy during other times of the year as well. Learn more about Surry County Music and take in a show at the Historic Earle Theatre in downtown Mount Airy. Also, the Andy Griffith Museum is open 7 days a week and the Surry Arts Council has events going on throughout the year, so there are plenty of reasons to return!


From members of the Surry Arts Council Photography Club



Friday, June 2nd

7:00 p.m.  -  All Bands Perform

Saturday, June 3rd

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  -  Folk Song in Grandstand
9:30 a.m.  - 2:00 p.m.   -  Bluegrass & Old-Time 
                                             Bluegrass & Old-Time Fiddles
2:00 p.m. -  5:00 p.m.   -  Guitar, Mandolin, Dobro, Bass Fiddle, Dulcimer, Autoharp

5:45 p.m.  -  Youth Dance and Awards
6:00 p.m.  -  All bands perform
Adult dance after the completion of the band competition

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There are two band and twelve individual contests at the Convention, which includes adults and youth competitions. Registration is now online.

Band Contests will be held for:

  • Old-Time Band
  • Bluegrass Band

Bands must consist of at least three different string instruments, one being a fiddle or a banjo. Separate contests are held for Youth bands in each category.

Individual Contests will be held for:

  • Bluegrass fiddle
  • Old-time fiddle
  • Bluegrass banjo
  • Old-time banjo (clawhammer)
  • Guitar
  • Mandolin
  • Bass
  • Dobro
  • Dulcimer
  • Autoharp
  • Folk Song
  • Dance

Any individual may register with only one band and may enter dance contest, folk song, and one other instrument contest.

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Prize Money

Competition winners are awarded prize money, ribbons or trophies with $2630 in cash prize awarded to contestants as follows:


1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th  
Bluegrass  (Band)  $400 $200 $150 $100 $75 Plus Ribbons
Old Time (Band)  $400 $200 $150 $100 $75 Plus Ribbons
Bluegrass  (fiddle)  $25 $20 $5 $5 $5 Plus Ribbons
Old Time (fiddle)  $25 $20 $5 $5 $5 Plus Ribbons
Bluegrass  (banjo)  $25 $20 $5 $5 $5 Plus Ribbons
Old Time (banjo)  $25 $20 $5 $5 $5 Plus Ribbons
Guitar     $25 $20 $5 $5 $5 Plus Ribbons
Mandolin   $25 $20 $5 $5 $5 Plus Ribbons
Bass       $25 $20 $5 $5 $5 Plus Ribbons
Dobro      $25 $20 $5 $5 $5 Plus Ribbons
Dulcimer   $25 $20 $5 $5 $5 Plus Ribbons
Autoharp   $25 $20 $5 $5 $5 Plus Ribbons
Folk Song $25 $20 $5 $5 $5 Plus Ribbons
Dance (Adult) $25 $20 $5 $5 $5 Plus Ribbons
Dance (Youth) $25 $20 $5 $5 $5 Plus Ribbons

A Trophy is awarded for best up and coming young band
Youth awards for individual competition only

Congratulations to the 2016 Winners

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General Admission Tickets are cash only and available at the Gate upon arrival.

$10 for Friday
$10 for Saturday

$20 for Contestants ($10 refunded on Saturday after performance)

Children 6 and under are FREE with paid Adult

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FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE from Veterans Park to Downtown Mount Airy

Wednesday Noon - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm 

The shuttle service will run continuously and will leave Veterans Park just inside the Main Gate with stops at

    • Mount Airy Visitors Center on Main Street
    • Andy Griffith Museum.

Enjoy Local Restaurants, Shopping, Visitors Center, Fiddle & Banjo Crawl, Museum of Regional History, Andy Griffith Museum, Old-Time Music Heritage Hall at the Historic Earle Theatre, Movies (Monday and Wednesday 7:00 pm 336-786-2222). Free Jam 7:00 Thursday at Earle & More. www.visitmayberry.com

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Registration for the 2017 Fiddlers Convention will begin in the Spring.  Cash payment is required is required upon arrival.  Remember that registerating for a contest means you have read and understood the rules.

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Camping at the Fairgrounds includes:
    • 10 Acres of shady woods for camping and picnicking
    • Well-Lighted park
    • Modern Restrooms
    • 2 Large Concession Stands
    • Picnic Sheds
    • 34 Full Trailer Hook-Ups ($30 per night)
    • Non-Hook-Up* Camping on grounds ($10 per night)
    • Camper spots are rented by the day
    • All camps sites allow jamming
    • No drugs and alcohol allowed - laws will be enforced
    • No dogs allowed

*Full hook-up charged if you use electricity or water from hook-up sites

The campground is open the whole week before the festival - come early for jamming every night!

For further information and to make camping reservations, please call Gary Willard 336.345.7388. You may also call Veterans Park at 336.786.2236 and leave message or contact them by email at  ddanley@triad.rr.com.

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The Surry Arts Council and Veterans Memorial Park Inc. will present free workshops, demonstrations and jams on Friday at the Indoor Grandstand. Schedule TBA. 

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Contact Us

Email ddanley@triad.rr.com



Fiddlers Convention
Attn: Gary Willard
P.O. Box 445
Mount Airy NC 27030


Gary Willard 336.345.7388
Or leave message at Veterans Park

Youth Programs and Workshops

Surry Arts Council

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Sponsors & Vendors

Please contact Gary Willard at 336.345.7388 or ddanley@triad.rr.com for information on sponsoring the event or becoming a vendor. Sponsors are recognized at the Convention.

20'x20' vendor spaces are available at $50 per day Wednesday to Friday and $75 for Saturday. Spaces are not self-contained. No Food Concessions space available.

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