Old Time Fiddlers' Convention

On behalf of our entire family and the good citizens of Union Grove, VanHoy Farms is proud to announce the return of the Union Grove Old Time Fiddlers' Convention on Easter Weekend, April 18-19, 2014.

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The best in Bluegrass and Old Time music will be showcased on 3 stages in 2 days at VanHoy Farms, one of the premier venues in the South. Over $10,000.00 dollars will be given away in prize money to the best bands and individuals in Bluegrass and Old Time music categories.

The main stage will be held under roof in the "H.P. VanHoy Arena", with seating for 10,000 people. A second stage north of the Arena by the persimmon trees is called the "Persimmon Stage". On the east side of the office we have added a third stage to keep up with the increased demand of performers... we're calling it "The Old Brick Stage".

VanHoy Farms is a full service Campground and can accommodate everyone, from full hookups to primitive tent sites.

Food vendors will be on site during the event. A general store will be open during the convention and will be selling camping supplies, food/water and ice.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone Easter Weekend at this unique Bluegrass and Old Time tradition... with wonderful pickers and wonderful fans. We hope you and your family will join us this Easter for the Union Grove Old Time Fiddlers' Convention..."You're as welcome here as the flowers in May."

When:

April 18-19, 2014

Where:

VanHoy Farms Family Campground

Tickets:

  • Friday $10
  • Saturday $15
  • Advanced 2 day $20
Buy TicketsRegister for the Competitions

Campground Map

When:

April 18-19, 2014

Where:

VanHoy Farms Family Campground

Tickets:

  • Friday $10
  • Saturday $15
  • Advanced 2 day $20
Buy TicketsRegister for the Competitions

Buy Tickets

Friday $10

Saturday $15

Advanced 2 day $20

Tent/Primitive Camping $10.00

Call for additional info on reservations/pricing for full hookup camping.

We have advanced ticket orders with Visa or Mastercard. If you purchased tickets online, please bring a copy of your receipt and a valid id.

For more information or to order tickets call 704-539-5493.

When:

April 18-19, 2014

Where:

VanHoy Farms Family Campground

Tickets:

  • Friday $10
  • Saturday $15
  • Advanced 2 day $20
Register for the Competitions

Schedule

Friday

  • 9:00am - 4:00pm Onsite Registration at the Barn
  • 6:00pm - til Band Competition on the HP VanHoy Arena stage.

Saturday

  • 9:00am - 1:00pm Onsite Registration at the Barn
  • 10:00am - 5:00pm Competition for all individual categories (except dance), in order by category.
    • Persimmon Stage - Vocal, Youth, Mandolin, Bass (acoustic only)
    • Brick Stage - Old time banjo, Old time fiddle, Dulcimer, Harmonica, Autoharp
    • Arena Stage - Guitar, Bluegrass fiddle, Bluegrass banjo, Dobro
  • 5:00pm Dance competition, Arena stage
  • 6:00pm HP VanHoy Arena - Senior Old Time and Bluegrass Band Competition
  • around 10:00pm Presentation of awards, HP VanHoy Arena

When:

April 18-19, 2014

Where:

VanHoy Farms Family Campground

Tickets:

  • Friday $10
  • Saturday $15
  • Advanced 2 day $20

Band Registration & Rules

We would like to thank everyone who came and participated in last year’s Fiddlers’ Convention. The response was overwhelming! Over 260 acts competed on 2 stages for 2 days last year. Unfortunately lines were formed later in the day, that made waiting to play very difficult. We are sorry for the inconvenience and frustration this caused.

In light of last year’s long lines, we have made a few changes, as well as talked and consulted a number of people to expedite the competition and registration process. We have attempted to create Rules and Regulations that will be fair to all and put the Music and the Musicians in the best possible light and speed up competition.

Competition Rules:

  1. A band shall consist of at least three different string instruments. Contestants may play in one band. Old time and bluegrass bands will compete either Friday 6 pm – till on the Arena stage or Saturday 6 pm – till on the Arena stage. Bands will play as they come to the stage. We encourage you to play early to avoid late long lines.
  2. Individual contestants can have one accompanist. Ruling will be the same for vocal entries; vocalists may also play an instrument if they wish in addition to having one backup. Singing is solo. Competition for individuals (except dance) will be Saturday from 10 am till 5 pm on 3 stages. Competition is by category. When one category is finished, the next one starts. See the schedule below for order and location. One individual category per contestant.
  3. Youth contest is for age 16 and under. Individual youth performers may have one accompanist. Adults will be allowed for this competition to assist in individual competition. Youth bands may have no more that one person over 16. Youths may enter adult categories if they prefer, but not both.
  4. Electric Bass and Percussion instruments will be allowed in bluegrass bands. Electric basses may also compete in and individual category separate from acoustic basses. Direct boxes for bass guitars will be provided.
  5. Dance competition is at 5 pm Saturday at the Arena stage. Registration for dancers is the same as for other individual categories. All contestants may enter dance, even if they have entered an instrument or band category. No refunds for dancers.
  6. The judges' decisions are final.
  7. In case of broken strings or picks, or a malfunction of the sound system, contestants affected will be allowed to repeat their performance, playing the same song or tune, without penalty.
  8. No alcohol or illegal substances will be allowed.
  9. Violation of the above rules will result in disqualification of contestant or contestants with no money being refunded.

Registration:

  1. There is no registration fee.
  2. Contestants must purchase ticket of admission. Full refunds will be given to all who compete (except in dance).
  3. Advance registration is encouraged to help us with scheduling.
  4. Onsite registration will be from 9 am to 4 pm Friday and 9 am to 1 pm Saturday.
  5. Pre-registrations can be made by website, phone, Email or US Mail.
  6. www.vanhoyfarms.com has pre registration forms that can be filled out and emailed automatically.
  7. Ticket money will be refunded when musician plays and wristband marked.

Contact Info:

Address:
VanHoy Farms
PO Box 38
Union Grove, NC 28689

Email: casey@vanhoyfarms.com

Phone: 704-539-5493

Registration is now open and we welcome all musicians.

Make sure to read our registration rules and please, contact us if you have questions.

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Over $11,000 in Payouts!

Adult Competitions

Category

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

4th Place

5th Place

Total

Bluegrass(Band)

$800.00

$500.00

$300.00

$200.00

$100.00

$1,900.00

Old Time (Band)

$800.00

$500.00

$300.00

$200.00

$100.00

$1,900.00

Fiddle (Bluegrass)

$300.00

$150.00

$100.00

$75.00

$50.00

$675.00

Fiddle (Old Time)

$300.00

$150.00

$100.00

$75.00

$50.00

$675.00

Banjo (Bluegrass)

$250.00

$150.00

$100.00

$75.00

$50.00

$625.00

Banjo (Old Time)

$250.00

$150.00

$100.00

$75.00

$50.00

$625.00

Guitar

$250.00

$150.00

$100.00

$75.00

$50.00

$625.00

Mandolin

$250.00

$150.00

$100.00

$75.00

$50.00

$625.00

Bass

$250.00

$150.00

$100.00

$75.00

$50.00

$625.00

Dobro

$250.00

$150.00

$100.00

$75.00

$50.00

$625.00

AutoHarp

$100.00

$80.00

$60.00

$40.00

$20.00

$300.00

Electric Bass

$100.00

$80.00

$60.00

$40.00

$20.00

$300.00

Harmonica

$100.00

$80.00

$60.00

$40.00

$20.00

$300.00

Dulcimer

$100.00

$80.00

$60.00

$40.00

$20.00

$300.00

Female Voice

$75.00

$50.00

$40.00

$25.00

$10.00

$200.00

Male Voice

$75.00

$50.00

$40.00

$25.00

$10.00

$200.00

Flatfoot Dance

$25.00

$20.00

$15.00

$10.00

$5.00

$75.00

Total: $10,575

Youth Competitions

Category

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Bluegrass(Band)

$25.00

$10.00

ribbons

Old Time (Band)

$25.00

$10.00

ribbons

Fiddle (Bluegrass)

$25.00

$10.00

ribbons

Fiddle (Old Time)

$25.00

$10.00

ribbons

Banjo (Bluegrass)

$25.00

$10.00

ribbons

Banjo (Old Time)

$25.00

$10.00

ribbons

Guitar

$25.00

$10.00

ribbons

Mandolin

$25.00

$10.00

ribbons

Bass

$25.00

$10.00

ribbons

Electric Bass

$25.00

$10.00

ribbons

Dobro

$25.00

$10.00

ribbons

Vocals

$25.00

$10.00

ribbons

Flatfoot Dance

$25.00

$10.00

ribbons

Total: $455

Thanks, we received your registration!

A convention representative will be contacting you to confirm your information. Thanks again and good luck!

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