Events

Historic Happy Valley Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention

Labor Day weekend each year visitors pay homage to the legends and stories of the Yadkin River Valley at the Historic Happy Valley Old-time Fiddlers' Convention. The Historic Happy Valley Old-Time Fiddlers' Convention is a nonprofit, community-driven event designed to preserve and promote the cultural-heritage resources of Happy and Yadkin Valley through an annual music festival that highlights traditional old-time and bluegrass music and rural traditions, doing so in such a way that provides wholesome family activities and protects our farmland and community values while promoting trust between the community and the event. All proceeds are reinvested into convention and the community.  

Friday, Sept 1st:

  • 7:00 pm - Strictly Strings, Bob Carlin, Alice Gerrard

Saturday, Sept 2nd - Youth Tent Line up:

  • 10:00 am - Caldwell JAM Summer Program
  • 11:00 am - Caldwell JAM
  • 11:230 am - Blackberry Jam
  • 12:00 pm - Snake Oil Salesmen
  • 12:30 pm - Sunflower String Band
  • 1:00 pm- Mel and Danny Storytelling
  • 2:00 pm - Presley Barker
  • 3:30 pm - Rodney Sutton
  • 3:00 pm - Burke County JAM
  • 3:30 pm - Glen Alpine
  • 5:00 pm - Autoharp Workshop
  • 6:00 pm - Flatfoot Dance Workshop in Barn

Saturday, Sept 2nd - Mainstage Competition Schedule:

Preliminary Competition

  • 10:00 am - Autoharp
  • 10:20 am - Mandolin
  • 10:45 am - Open Category*
  • 11:30 am - Old Time Banjo
  • 12:00 pm - Flatfoot Dance
  • 12:30 pm - Old Time Fiddles
  • 1:00 pm - Bluegrass Banjos
  • 1:20 pm - Bluegrass Fiddles
  • 1:40 - Guitar
  • 2:00 pm - Twin Fiddlers
  • 3:00 pm - Old Time Bands
  • 4:00 pm - Bluegrass Bands

Evening Final Competition

  • 6:30 pm - Autoharp
  • 6:40 pm - Mandolin
  • 6:50 pm - Open
  • 7:00 pm - Old Time Banjos
  • 7:10 pm –Flatfoot Dance
  • 7:30 pm - Old Time Fiddles
  • 7:40 pm - Bluegrass Banjos
  • 7:50 pm - Bluegrass Fiddlers
  • 8:00 pm - Guitar
  • 8:10 pm - Twin Fiddlers
  • 8:30 pm - Old Time Bands
  • 9:30 pm - Bluegrass Bands

After Saturday night's finals, the Band "Down the Hall" will provide music and will lead some simple Appalachian folk dances.

Sunday, Sept 3rd - Mainstage Schedule:

  • 10:00 am - The Neighbors Band
  • 13:00 am - Bear Wallow Bluegrass 
  • 11:05 am - Emily Schaad 
  • 11:15 am  - Presley Barker/ Wayne Henderson
  • 11:40 am  - Steve and Donna Bing
  • 12:00 pm - Dom Flemons and friends
  • 12:40 pm - Strictly Strings
  • 1:35 pm - Mel and Danny
  • 1:35 pm Strictly Clean and Decent
  • 2:15 pm Harris Brothers
  • 3:05 pm - Banjorama 
  • 4:00 pm - Kruger Brothers

Sunday, Sept 3rd - Workshops:

  • 11:15 pm - Fiddle by Emily Schaad
  • 12:10 pm - Cajun by Steve and Donna Bing
  • 1:30 pm - The Blues by Mel Jones and Danny Wicker 
 
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Event Details

Location Jones Farm
Lenoir, NC
Cost Ticketed/Admission Charged
Friday is a free event. Saturday & Sunday $10 admission, children under 16 years are free.
Music Styles Ballad Singing
Bluegrass
Old-Time
Blues
Clogging
Event Type Festival
  • ✔ Can Accommodate Groups
  • ✔ Dancers Welcome
  • ✔ Family Friendly
  • ✔ Food Service
  • ✔ Handicapped Accessible
  • ✔ Open Jam
  • ✔ Pet Friendly
  • ✔ Picnic Space

Event is held in a open field, with tents. Large groups can be accommodated, but be aware that conditions can turn muddy if it rains, making for difficult driving in the field. Dancers are welcome, and and there is a space for dancing just outside the main tent. There will be a dance inside the tent on Friday night. Several food vendors will be there, with fare such as BBQ, tomato sandwiches, shaved ice, coffee, sodas, water, chips, hot dogs, hamburgers, desserts, etc. Various jam sessions occur on the grounds throughout the weekend and jams welcome newcomers at allplaying levels and there is an Open Mic night on Friday.


Contact Info

Phone (828) 758-9448
Email tonyraydeal@gmail.com
Additional Contact Info

For information about the competition, email: info@happyvalleyfiddlers.com

http://www.happyvalleyfiddlers.org

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