Fries Fiddlers Convention



Our 50th Annual Bluegrass and Fiddlers Convention will be held:

Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13, 2016!!

Competition will be held at the old Providence Elementary School Grounds/Jamie Hyatt Arena.

Address for GPS directions is 56 Bainbridge Road, Fries, VA. (Intersection of Spring Valley Road and Bainbridge Road)

Friday night’s competition will begin at 7:00 p.m. and include:

Guitar, Old Time Fiddle, Bluegrass Fiddle, Old Time Banjo, Mandolin, Autoharp, Flatfoot Dance, Bluegrass Bands, and Old Time Bands

Saturday’s Youth Competition will begin at 3:00 and include all adult categories

Saturday’s Adult Competition will begin at 5:00 and include:

Folk Songs (Vocals),  Dulcimer, Dobro, Bass Fiddle, Bluegrass Banjo, Flatfoot Dance, Bluegrass Bands, and Old Time Bands

Flatfoot Dance, Bluegrass and Old Time Bands must compete both nights to be eligible for prizes.  Bands typically play one song Friday night and two songs Saturday nights.

1.       An old time band must have at least three members consisting of a banjo played old time style, fiddle and guitar. No more than seven members. Harmonica is allowed in old time band competition only.

2.       A bluegrass band must have at least four members consisting of a banjo played bluegrass style, guitar, bass and fiddle and/or mandolin. No more than seven members. Electric bass guitars are not allowed in bluegrass bands.

3.       Anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be disqualified.

4.       In case of broken strings or picks, or a malfunction of the sound system or lights, contestants affected will be allowed to repeat their performance, playing the same tune, without penalty.

5.       Vocal entries should be solo traditional or folk songs of about three minutes in length, and may have one stringed instrument backup.

6.       Contestants may play with one band only, with the exception of adults who accompany a junior band (one adult per junior band). Band members may also enter one individual category with no back up or one instrument backup. Musicians may also enter dance. Bands must have the same members in preliminaries and final competition.  Bass fiddles only may be judged individually or in band competition.

7.       No horns or drums. No electric instruments. No pick is to be used with a clawhammer banjo.

8.       The management reserves the right to audition any competing individual or group and to limit the prizes in categories with limited participation. All judges are musicians themselves. Their decisions are final and will be supported by the management.

9.       The management reserves the right to make video and or audio recordings of any performances without consent from any performer or group. Any contestant agrees recordings are the property of the management.

10.   No copywright music.

11.   In flat foot dance competition, it is strictly flat foot dance. No clogging, buck dancing, or taps. Any competitor doing anything other than flat footing will be disqualified.

12. Fries Volunteer Fire Department reserves the right to make changes at any time.

All announcements made the day of the Convention take precedence over printed material