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2022 Elliott County
July 8 & 9, 2022
The Elliott County Fiddler’s Convention is a get together for old time music enthusiasts held the second weekend of July every year at the Little Sandy Lodge in Sandy Hook, Kentucky. Based on the other fiddler’s conventions that have been held in the Appalachian Mountains and abroad for over 100 years, the Elliott County Fiddler’s Convention is focused on contests. A way for an attendee to show off what they have been working on, a little good-natured competition amongst friends, and a chance to win a little money. Contests held in the past have been old time fiddle, old time banjo, mandolin, singing, dancing, youth fiddle, youth banjo and string band contests. Winners receive a cash prize.
Additionally, Friday night of the Elliott County Fiddler’s Convention
is always local music night. We try to incorporate the best of
traditional old time and early bluegrass music from people
that learned to play the music in the old ways. Saturday evening
after the contests have wrapped up, we have various old-time music
performers, and the entire planned weekend wraps up with a dance
Friday night. Jamming will continue into the wee hours of Sunday morning.
The Elliott County Fiddler’s Convention is a weekend event, held on the grounds of the Little Sandy Lodge in beautiful Sandy Hook, Kentucky. In attempts to showcase the traditional music, art, and beauty of the landscape of the area, we coordinate with the Laurel Gorge Cultural Center to have that space open during the festival for hiking and looking throughout the facility. We have also planned it to where a visitor could spend the week at the Lodge soaking up all that Sandy Hook has to offer and visit the Minnie Adkins Day folk art festival the following weekend.
Accommodations on site for the Elliott County Fiddler’s Convention include the Little Sandy Lodge and on
site primitive camping. Food trucks are on-site each year, not to mention the best pizza around available just
down the road at the local Giovani’s and a Save-a-Lot in very close proximity.
Consider making the Elliott County Fiddler’s Convention a permanent fixture on your old-time festival circuit. Truly a festival by musicians, for musicians and lovers of old time and traditional bluegrass music. Enjoy the natural beauty of Elliott County, Kentucky, and the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. We will be updating the page as the musical line-up and competition schedule is finalized!
Schedule for Convention
Friday July 8th
5:00 p.m. – Festival Opens to Public
Contest Sign Ups will Begin
6:00 p.m. - 4/4 Hymn
6:50 p.m. – Dreydon Gordon
7:40 p.m. – Josh & Mick
8:30 p.m. – New Beckham County Ramblers
(All Times Tentative)
Saturday July 9th
Contests will receive places 1st, 2nd, 3rd excluding String Band, which only pays for 1st place.
Contest Sign Ups
Begin Contests Youth: Banjo, Fiddle
Adult: Banjo Contest
Workshop: 1:00 - Ed Haley Fiddle (Scott Miller)
Workshop: 1:30 - Intro Fiddle (Lucian Parker)
Ballad Singing Contest
Workshop: 2:00 - Slow Jam Workshop (Nathan Kiser)
Banjo Workshop: Randy Wilson
Adult: Fiddle Contest
Adult & Youth: Dance Contest
Break for Supper – Break off into string bands for upcoming Band Contest
String Band Contest
Matthew Stallard – Hobe
South Upper String Band plays for square dance called by Randy Wilson
(All Times Tentative)
EC Fiddler's Convention Schedule