Happy Valley Old Time Fiddler’s Convention

Enjoy the traditional music of North Carolina at the Happy Fiddler’s Convention on Labor Day Weekend 2018. The fun begins on Friday, August 31st and continues through Sunday, September 2nd in Lenoir, North Carolina. It’s sure to be a wholesome family event that fosters community values.

As a sub-committee of the Caldwell County Arts Council, the Happy Fiddler’s Convention has been entertaining visitors for the past 15 years. The mission of the festival is to preserve and promote the cultural heritage and resources of Happy/Yadkin Valley with old time and bluegrass music and rural traditions.

The area known as Historic Happy Valley, has been farmed continuously since the 18th century and has played an essential role to families since it was first settled. The farmland bordering the river is still used for grazing cattle and cultivating corn and hay. Some locals train and work draft animals, grow vegetables and fruits, and construct traditional barns and outbuildings. In addition to its music traditions, Historic Happy Valley is home to quilters, woodworkers, painters, and storytellers.

Featured artists on the Main Stage of the Happy Fiddler’s Convention include the Kruger Brothers, Laura Boosinger and Josh Goforth, The Harris Brothers, Strictly Clean and Decent, Mason Via & Hot Trail Mix, Pat Kelleher, The Hovie Nestor Project, Wicker and Jones, Strictly Strings, Cajun Music Workshop, Riggs and Ritter, Hog-Eyed Man, and Sunny Mountain Serenaders.

On Saturday, September 1st, competitions will also take place in the following categories: Mandolin, Folk Songs, Old Time Banjo, Old Time Fiddle, Bluegrass Banjo, Bluegrass Fiddle, Guitar, Junior Appalachian, Flatfoot Dance, and more. Finalists in each category will perform in the evening. Throughout the day, youth activities will take place under the tent. In addition to the Main Stage performances on Sunday, September 2nd, workshops such as Fiddle, Cajun, Banjo, and Guitar will be available.

Food vendors will be onsite Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday. Seating is available under the tent. However, you are welcome to bring your own lawn chairs to sit outside the tent and on the festival grounds.

Local camping is available at the Jones Farm along the Yadkin River, or you can reserve lodging at one of these AAA recommended properties. Get your tickets today at the Arts Council or the gate prior to the event. Reach out to AAA Travel to book your trip or plan a scenic drive to the convention. Call 1-800-444-8691 today or stop into a local AAA Travel agency.




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