Museum of Appalachia to host Great Appalachian Fiddlers’ Convention

2019 Fiddlers Convention at the Museum of Appalachia in Clinton, TN
2019 Fiddlers Convention at the Museum of Appalachia in Clinton, TN

2019 Fiddlers Convention at the Museum of Appalachia in Clinton, TNThe Museum of Appalachia will be hosting the 2nd annual Great Appalachian Fiddlers’ Convention.  It is an opportunity for musicians across the region to compete for cash and bragging rights.  The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., rain or shine, on June 1, 2019.

Join others for a day filled with music, contests, cash prizes, jamming on the Museum grounds as well as Southern food and fare.  You can tour the museum and see the history of the Appalachian region’s music come alive through exhibits and artifacts. Bring a chair and enjoy the contests on the outdoor stage.

The competitions begin at Noon with the children and youth categories first, followed by the adult categories.  The age groups are 12 and under, 13-17, and 18 years and up.  Categories include fiddle, old time banjo, bluegrass banjo, mixed (guitar, mandolin, dobro, etc), and band competition.  Registration is $15 per contestant, per category through May 28th, or $20 at the gate.  Band registration is $40 per band through May 28th, or $50 at the gate.  Children and Youth Contestant registration is free.

Advance tickets for the Great Appalachian Fiddlers’ Convention are $15 per person for age 18 & up, $10.00 per person for youth ages 13-17, and $5.00 per person for children age 6-12. Children under 5 are free. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 865-494-7680.  Parking is free for the event.

As a non-profit, Smithsonian affiliated organization, the Museum of Appalachia’s mission is to preserve the artifacts and culture of an earlier time for the benefit of future generations; and to instill in the community – regionally, nationally and internationally – a greater knowledge of and appreciation for the Appalachian heritage. The Museum is located 16 miles north of Knoxville at I-75, exit 122, then one mile east in Clinton, Tennessee.

Jessica Blankenship

Jessica Blankenship is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite musicians.  Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the FFA and 4-H Clubs. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County's Ten Under 40 Award Recipients.  In 2019, she was a member of the Inaugural class of BRIGHT Kentucky as part of Leadership Kentucky.  She has been featured on the Kentucky Music Preview podcast, Hollercast podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more.  Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.

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