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Fiddlers Con.jpg Alleghany Fiddlers Convention
July 21, 2017 10:00 am - July 22, 2017 11:00 pm (Daily)
Location: Higgins Agricultural Fairgrounds 1585 U.S. 21 North in Sparta, North Carolina

The Alleghany County Fiddlers Convention has roots in the cold winter days of early 1995. Richard Nichols, maintenance engineer at Alleghany Memorial Hospital, and Dr. Jack Cahn, family practitioner, brought up the idea one day at work, said Nichols. Both are string musicians. �We got to talking about it, how we ought to have a fiddlers convention. We had a good fairgrounds, a good place to have it, and we just needed to get a group together to get it going. Raising money for the fairgrounds, that was the intent to start with,� Nichols said. The county-owned Higgins Agricultural Fairgrounds had opened not too long before and money was needed for improvements. The two men were also concerned about keeping interest in old time and bluegrass music alive. SCHEDULE Friday � 5 p.m. - Opening Entertainment � 6 p.m. until - Competition for all categories (except dance) Saturday � 10 a.m. - Competition continues for all categories (except dance) � 5:30 p.m. - Senior, junior and children's dance contests � 7:30 p.m. - Senior band playoffs � Around 11:30 p.m. - Presentation of awards