Registration for the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention increased overall for the first time in five years.
Last year was the fourth year in a row that registrations for the convention declined. Registrations for 2007 were down 130 from the previous year.
But for the 73rd annual event, overall registrations were 1,817 — up 52 contestants from 2007.
Officials with the convention’s sponsor, Galax Moose Lodge #733, say the registration numbers have never reflected actual attendance.