106th DeKalb County Fiddlers Convention Is Saturday

Friday, June 6, 2014
Eric McKinney, the director of DeKalb County Fiddlers Convention (center) visits with Dr. Ronal Graham the director of the 1890's Day Jamboree (left) and city of Ringgold Councilman Randall Franks (right) at the 1890's Day festival music competition in downtown Ringgold.  Both events are major festivals for the celebration of fiddle playing music.]
Eric McKinney, the director of DeKalb County Fiddlers Convention (center) visits with Dr. Ronal Graham the director of the 1890's Day Jamboree (left) and city of Ringgold Councilman Randall Franks (right) at the 1890's Day festival music competition in downtown Ringgold. Both events are major festivals for the celebration of fiddle playing music.]

After 106 years, the love of fiddle playing and traditional American music is still strong as DeKalb County prepares for another Fiddler's Convention on Saturday. The event is sponsored by the Big Will's Arts Council and will be located at the Rotary Pavilion in downtown Fort Payne, Ala.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the BWAC as well as the Fort Payne City Schools Arts in Education Program for 2014/2015.  Over $4,500 in cash prizes and trophies will be awarded. On site registration for participants will begin on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. and the first competition categories will begin at noon.  Categories will alternate every 45 minutes with the final round beginning at 9:45 p.m. 

The Fiddler's Convention brings a wide variety of performers from across the south to compete in different instrument categories and age groups.  Categories of competition include fiddle, dobro, mandolin, Ol' time banjo, guitar, upright bass, bluegrass, and Ol' time string band.

The band "Leroy Troy" from the Marty Stuart Show on RFD TV will also be performing at 4:30 p.m.

For more information visit www.russellgulleymusic.com/dekalbfiddlersconvention or search for "DeKalb County Fiddlers Convention" on facebook.  You may also telephone the BWAC at 256.845-2224 or email bwac@russellgulley.com

Admission is $10 per person and children under 10 are admitted for free.  The Rotary Pavilion is at 201 5th St. N.E. Fort Payne.


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