Ashe County Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention

The Fiddlers Convention is a celebration and showcase of the musical talent and heritage of the high country of North Carolina. The Ashe County Arts Council is excited to sponsor the 49th annual Ashe County Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention on Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28. Ashe County Park, in Jefferson, North Carolina will be the place to enjoy music and see the best in the region’s old time traditional and bluegrass musicians.

Saturday will be full of exciting things to enjoy. The Gary Poe Bluegrass and Old Time Radio Show will be broadcasting on WKSK live on the park stage with special guests, Crooked Road Ramblers. The youth competition starting at 11:00pm. Adult individual instruments start at 2:00pm, dance competitions at 6:00pm and band competitions at 7:30pm. The youth award presentations will be at 7:00 pm. Adult individual and band competitions awards will be given out Saturday evening after the band competitions.

The Friday night, July 27, Appalachian Barn Dance with the Gap Civil Band starting at 7:00pm and will be held at the Lakeview Shelter at Ashe Park. Dance caller John Turner will be calling reels, big circles, four couple figures and more.   All ages and experience welcome.   Admission is $5 per person and children under 12 are free with accompanying adult.

Camping will be available on site and will be available starting on Thursday, July 27. The spaces will be available first come first serve. Camping fees vary and not included in convention admission ticket.

On Saturday, concessions are sponsored by the Todd Ruritan Club and food offerings include pork barbeque sandwiches and plates, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, desserts, soft drinks, coffee and water. Friday night will be soft drinks and snacks.

Again this year there will be an arts and crafts area highlighting area luthiers and heritage crafts. The Farm Museum will be open throughout the day on Saturday.

Musicians will register the day of the competition. Performance slots will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. Competition winners in adult categories will be awarded cash prizes. Full competition rules, schedules, and awards can be found at

Admission is $5 Friday, $10 Saturday. Tickets can be purchased on site or by calling the Ashe County Arts Council at 336-846-2787



Jul 27 2018 - Jul 28 2018


5:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Ashe County Park

The Ashe County Arts Council
wishes the North Carolina Arts Council
a Happy 50th Anniversary!