Bluegrass music will be heard all around Ashe Park next Friday and Saturday as the 41st Annual Ashe County Fiddler’s Convention is set to take place Aug. 5-6.
This year, over $3,600 in prize money will be offered to the top performing bands and individuals in both an adult and youth category.
The event, sponsored by the Rotary Club, also raises money for scholarships to be presented to seniors at Ashe County High School who plan to continue their education after their days at ACHS are finished.
For the second year in a row, the Ashe County Fiddler’s Convention will be a two-day event with gates opening on Friday at 1 p.m. with music soon to follow. As the evening draws near, folk songs and the individual musician competition begin at 5 p.m. Following the completion of that event, the battle for best bluegrass and old time music band begins at 7 p.m. with dancing to follow.
On Saturday, gates open at high noon with youth individual and youth band competitions starting at 1 p.m. Once the youth competition wraps up, the final round of adult individual events will take place, followed by the bands playing for the final time, expected to begin around 7 p.m.
As always, the event will be held rain or shine at Ashe Park, on Old Highway 16 N.
For more information on the event, including a complete list of rules for those interested in entering the musical competitions, visit the Fiddler’s Convention website at www.ashefiddlers.com.