Galax, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Galax: Home of Traditional Mountain Music
Galax: At the Center of it All. With a concentration of musicians and instrument makers that dates back to the 18th century, the Galax / Mount Airy area is credited with producing more traditional stringed band performers than any other region in the United States. Galax, itself, is also known for the Old Fiddlers Convention held every year in Felts Park.
The Old Fiddlers’ Convention—from a Successful Start... The Old Fiddlers’ Convention was started in April, 1935 as a one-time fundraising event for the local Moose Lodge. String band performers appeared in the Galax High School auditorium. The first event was so successful that a two-night program was planned for the following October. At that event, 146 participants competed for a silver loving cup and $110 in prize money provided by 67 local businesses. Over 1,000 people attended the program, which included histories of the various instruments and a presentation on the sponsoring businesses.
...to Continued Growth... Since the successes of that first year, the Old Fiddlers Convention hasn’t stopped growing.
Location. 36° 39.815′ N, 80° 55.522′ W. Marker is in Galax, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street (Virginia Route 89) and East Washington Street, on the right when traveling south on North Main Street. Click for map. It is at the Galsx Farmer’s Market. Marker is in this post office area: Galax VA 24333, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow The Railroad: Lifeline to the World (approx. 0.2 miles away); Galax (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Galax (approx. 0.4 miles away); First County Seat (approx. 2 miles away); “New River Train” Song (approx. 4.8 miles away); Fries (approx. 4.8 miles away); a different marker also named Fries (approx. 4.9 miles away); First Court of Grayson County (approx. 7.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Galax.
More about this marker. Marker shows “black and white photographs from ‘The First Forty Years of the Old Fiddlers’ Convention, Galax, Virginia, by Herman K Williams.” and a color photograph of a recent convention. A facimile of a posted bill for the 64th annual Old Fiddler’s Convention to be held August 10-14, 1999, promising $20,000.00 in cash prizes, trophies and ribbons is shown at the bottom of the marker.
Also see . . . 2007 Richmond Times Dispatch Video. Two minute video by Dean Hoffmeyer. (Submitted on June 2, 2013.)
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