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2023 Elliott County
July 7 & 8, 2023
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 Giovanni’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 7th
5:00 p.m. – Festival Opens to Public
Contest Sign Ups will Begin
6:00 p.m. - 4/4 Hymn
7:40 p.m. – Josh & Mick
8:30 p.m. – Little Sandy Stringband
Saturday July 8th
Contests will receive places 1st, 2nd, 3rd excluding String Band, which only pays for 1st place.
Contest Sign Ups
Individual Contests Yougin's (10>) & Youth (11-16) Banjo & Fiddle
Adult: Banjo Contest
Workshop - Dulcimer Workshop - Sarah Kate Morgan
Workshop - Introductory Fiddle - Lucian Parker
Adult: Fiddle Contest
Workshop - Upright Bass Workshop - Nick Lloyd
Adult & Youth: Dance Contest
Break for Supper
Break off into String Bands for upcoming Band Contest
String Band Contest
Concert: Albert, Lloyd & Ryster
Concert: Karly Dawn Milner
Concert: Empty Bottle String Band