Galax fiddlers' convention set for Aug. 8-13

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The 76th Annual Old Fiddlers' Convention, sponsored by the Galax Moose Lodge, will be held Aug. 8-13, in Felts Park, with $20,000 in cash prizes, trophies and ribbons to be awarded.

Admission is $6 for events Monday through Thursday, $10 on Friday and $12 on Saturday. A season ticket is $40. No advance tickets are sold.

Children younger than 12 are admitted free with a paid adult.

Contestant and non-contestants may camp inside the park area on a first-come, first-serve basis, at the discretion of the Moose, at $70 per space.

No camping will be allowed in the park until 7 a.m. on Aug. 7. No walk-in campers will be admitted until after 4 p.m. that day.

Events begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday, 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and at noon on Saturday.

• Monday: youth competitions

• Tuesday: old-time fiddle, dobro and mandolin

• Wednesday: bluegrass fiddle, dulcimer, bluegrass banjo

• Thursday: clawhammer banjo, autoharp, guitar

• Friday: old-time bands and bluegrass bands

• Saturday afternoon: folk song and dance

• Saturday night: bluegrass bands and old-time bands

For the youth competition, members must be age 15 or younger for individuals and band members. Contestants must have a parent or guardian to accompany contestant at the gate and at registration.

Registration for youth night will be held Aug. 8 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the tent. No advance registrations will be accepted, and there is no registration fee for this part of the competition.

Youth categories include old-time fiddle, bluegrass fiddle, mandolin, clawhammer banjo, bluegrass banjo, guitar and band.

For more information, call 236-8541 or visit oldfiddlersconvention.com.