Registration for the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention is down by 90 contestants from 2014, a smaller drop than last year, when 141 fewer signed up for the event.
Last year’s decrease was one of the largest drops in the past four years. This year’s total is 1,585.
Registration numbers have been declining slowly but steadily after topping out at 2,004 contestants for the event’s 75 anniversary in 2010. The number of contestants dropped to 1,909 in 2011, then decreased to 1,675 by 2014.