Granite Quarry Fiddlers Convention this Saturday
Registration begins 3 p.m. Saturday
GRANITE QUARRY — The Granite Quarry Civitan Club will host the 52nd annual Granite Quarry Fiddlers Convention on Saturday at East Rowan High School. The event will include competition in three band categories, bluegrass, old time and bluegrass gospel, as well as individual youth and adult instrument competitions. The convention is bringing back the old time division that had been discontinued more than 10 years ago. The bluegrass gospel category is new to the Fiddlers Convention this year.
Registration will open at 3 p.m. for all categories. Youth competition begins at 4:30 p.m. All adult entries must be registered by 6 p.m. to be eligible to draw a number for performance time in a lottery style drawing. A special jam performance, also added this year, will be held at 6 p.m. with all youth performers on stage. Youth winners will be announced at 6:30 p.m. just before adult competition begins.
Each year since 1970 the Club has honored individuals who have made a substantial contribution to the promotion and preservation of traditional old time and bluegrass music. This year’s honoree is Pammy Davis Lassiter of West End, NC. Lassiter will be honored in a special presentation and will perform during the convention.
The two Champion Fiddlers in the Bluegrass and the Old Time Fiddle Categories will be presented The Ralph Pennington Memorial Master Fiddler Award. Pennington was a luthier of finely crafted string instruments. Although he played all the instruments, he was widely known for playing the fiddle and mandolin and won many awards on both.
The Don and Margaret Livengood Memorial Award will be presented to the Most Outstanding Youth Performer as selected by the panel of judges.
The Civitan Club will serve chopped barbecue plates, hamburgers, hotdogs and desserts throughout the day and evening. Food will be available 11 a.m. until sellout.
Admission to the convention is $8, children under 12 free with paid adult. The event is held on the second Saturday in October each year at East Rowan High School, 175 St. Lukes Church Road. Granite Quarry Civitan Club president is Martha Miller; Fiddlers Convention chairman is Norman Riblin.
Learn more at 704-267-9439 or see the registration rules on the event Facebook page at 2018 Granite Quarry Civitan Fiddlers Convention
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