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Fourth annual Hoppin' John Old-Time & Bluegrass Fiddlers' convention

By Sara Waters
Posted Sunday, August 8, 2010

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Silk Hope, NC - Shakori Hills Community Arts Center presents The Hoppin' John Old-Time & Bluegrass Fiddlers' Convention, September 17-19. Hoppin' John is a three-day event for musicians, dancers and music lovers to come together to celebrate the traditions of bluegrass and old-time music. There are dance, instrument and band contests, square dances, a cook-off, and many unscheduled special musical moments.

The convention helps keep traditional music alive and provides an opportunity for young people to play on stage and be exposed to some of the musicians who have helped inspire them in their love of traditional music. North Carolina is known for old-time and bluegrass fiddlers' conventions and Hoppin' John is bound to be the new favorite in the State!

Highlights this year include square dances with the Minglewood Ramblers and the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers with caller Allison Williams, a folk singing workshop with Alice Gerrard, a kids workshop with a variety of provided instruments, and Sunday morning gospel.

As always, there will be a Hoppin' John Cook-off. Contests include: band (old-time, bluegrass, and non-traditional), old-time and bluegrass instrument (fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass), folk song, and dance. There will also be contest for youth musicianship. $3550 total in cash prizes!

Tickets & Admission (purchased at the gate only):
Contestant Tickets: $20 w/ $10 refund
Friday Admission: $8
Saturday Admission: $12
Camping: $10 per vehicle per night - $15 per night for RVs
Day Parking is Free!

There will be great craft and musical instrument vendors as well as food vendors, including the Shakori Hills Pizza Shack and BBQ.

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