Fiddlers’ Convention

The 15th Annual Tazewell County Fiddlers’ Convention  

July 14-16, 2017



Bring the family to Tazewell for a weekend of traditional mountain music, old-fashioned cake and pie walks, flat foot dancing, parking lot jamming, talented instrument and band competitions, cash prizes, camping and fellowship in the cool mountain air.
More than $5,000 in cash prizes awarded!

The Big Event

The festivities will begin on Friday evening at 6 pm with youth performances by Dale Elswick’s Youth All Stars on the Daniel-Murray Homestead stage, followed by an old-fashioned Dance On The Green at 7 pm.  Tower Street String Band will provide live old time music for square dancing with caller Joan Yates, waltzes and cake & pie walks with Garland Roberts.  At 8:30 pm, the Tower Street String band will entertain as the sun sets, while impromptu sets of pickers gather in the park to jam and put the finishing touches on competition tunes.

On Saturday, musicians of all ages will compete throughout the day with Youth Competition beginning at 10 am.  Individual instrument categories and duets, including dobro, guitar, fiddle, and banjo, will begin at 11 am.  Smaller cash categories for duclimer, harmonica, autoharp, and bass will be included, and ribbon categories for folk song and traditional dance.  The induction of the 2016 honorees for Lifetime Achievement and a presentation of handmade wooden fiddle plaques will also take place Saturday evening and is always a highlight of the weekend.  A group jam of current and past honorees to “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” will follow the presentation.  Band competition will begin and conclude on Saturday night and cash awards and ribbons will be presented to the competitors in all categories at the end of the evening.

 A Gospel Sing and interdenominational church service will be held on Sunday morning at 10 am.  Campers and community attendees will gather in the Red Barn to close the weekend with bluegrass and old time gospel music.

**All competitions and performances will be conducted outside on the front porch of the Daniel-Murray Homestead Cabin**

Weekend Pass – $12
Single Day Pass (Friday/Saturday) – $7
All events FREE for kids 12 and under with accompanying adult.
Passes are available at the gate. Competitors receive an event t-shirt after performing.
**Admission to the Fiddlers’ Convention includes admission to the Museum Center**

Helpful Hint:  If you are bringing instruments, tents, chairs, etc., please drop them at the entrance gate (tables provided), park across the road, and pick them up as you check-in at the front gate.

Camping is first-come, first served on the property across from the museum entrance (behind Frog Level Service Station), with no hookups or dumping stations.  Water outlets available.  Primitive camping spaces, free.  $20/night/RV camping.

From Bluefield, WV/VA:  take Hwy 19/460 west through Tazewell.  Historic Crab Orchard Museum is located on the left side of the road, approximately 1.5 miles past the Fairgrounds Rd. exit.  From Abingdon, VA:  take Hwy 19/460 east past Richlands toward Tazewell.  Historic Crab Orchard Museum is on the right, just past the Tazewell Livestock Market.

 (276) 988-6755 or

* For additional information, download the 2016 Fiddlers’ Convention brochure here.
* To download the 2016 Fiddlers’ Convention press release, click here.



Platinum Fiddle


Kicks Country

Time Warner Cable






Silver Mandolin

 Hurst-Scott Funeral Homes
of Richlands & Tazewell


Bronze Dobro

Blankenship & Associates
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Cargo Oil
Community Home Care Services
Consol/CNX Gas
Gillespie, Hart, Altizer & Whitesell
Kimberly’s Greenhouse at Pisgah
Olde Virginia Pharmacy
Patricia Harry
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Norton


Brass Dulcimer

1st Sentinel Bank
Main Street Rentals
TruPoint Bank


Steel Guitar

Bob & Kathy Buchanan
National Bank
Garland & Cynthia Roberts


2016 Results:

Youth:  Ezra Drumheller – 1st
Hannah Snuffer – 2nd
John Jarvis – 3rd
Madalyn Jarrett – 4th
Luke Snuffer – 5th

Folk Song:  Honey Brassfield – 1st
Ehukai Teves – 2nd
Hoot Dotson – 3rd
Madalyn Jarrett – 4th
Louis Tepoel – 5th

Guitar:  Steve Kilby – 1st
Rick Hall – 2nd
John Raines – 3rd
T.J. Jarrett – 4th
Jack Wells – 5th

Mandolin:  Matt Stacy – 1st
Rich Hall – 2nd
Tristan Dennis – 3rd
Honey Brassfield – 4th
LeRoy Long – 5th

Dobro:  Mike Hankins – 1st
George Watkins – 2nd

Harmonica:  Tommy Taylor – 1st
Robie Castle – 2nd
Ehukai Teves – 3rd

Dulcimer:  Lois Hornbostel – 1st
Steve Kilby – 2nd
Ehukai Teves – 3rd
David Parks – 4th
Ezra Drumheller – 5th

Bass:  Jamie Stacy – 1st
Robert Davis – 2nd

Autoharp:  Penny Kilby – 1st

Fiddle & Banjo Duet:  Ron Mullennex & Jerry Correll – 1st
Faith Dominy & Matt Neiburger – 2nd
Emily Poole & Andrew Henley – 3rd
Hunter Walker & Betty Vornbrock – 4th
James Leva & Al Tharp – 5th

Old Time Banjo:  Ron Mullennex – 1st
Steve Kruger – 2nd
Al Tharp – 3rd
Hunter Walker – 4th
Matt Neiburger – 5th

Bluegrass Banjo:  Steve Chrisley – 1st
Gary Webb – 2nd
Adrian Sheets – 3rd
Mike Mullins – 4th
Neesie Hunt – 5th

Old Time Fiddle:  Aloria Vanover – 1st
Jerry Correll – 2nd
Steve Kruger – 3rd
James Leva – 4th
Betty Vornbrock – 5th

Bluegrass Fiddle:  Honey Brassfield – 1st
Dewey Long – 2nd
Charlie Elswick – 3rd
Madalyn Jarrett – 4th

Old Time Band:  Jeffersonville Skirmish Band – 1st
Mountain Fusion String Band – 2nd
Reed Island Rounders – 3rd
Last Minuet  String Band – 4th
String Time Travelers – 5th

Bluegrass Band:  Bad Ridge – 1st
High Test Grass – 2nd
Hoot Dotson Band – 3rd
Blue Rockin’ Grass – 4th
Town & Country Band – 5th

Dance – Male:  Emory Somoskey – 1st
Robie Castle – 2nd

Dance – Female:  Dot Shiginowski – 1st
Virginia Green – 2nd
Teenie Underwood – 3rd
Jan Tepoel – 4th
Dee Parks – 5th

Dance – Youth:  Thomas Romeo – 1st
Kathryn Romeo – 2nd
Jessee Hunt – 3rd
Annie Smith – 4th
Hannah Stein – 5th

Best All Around Performer:  Matt Stacy

Join us next year for the 15th Annual Fiddlers’ Convention
July 14 – 16, 2017