A! Magazine for the Arts

Fiddlin' at the Fairgrounds begins in Abingdon, VA

May 29, 2022

The Washington County Fairgrounds Board of Directors announce the inaugural Fiddlin’ at the Fairgrounds, an old-time and bluegrass fiddlers’ convention. It’s held Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18, at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Abingdon, Virginia.

With the support from the local Board of Supervisors, The Town of Abingdon, The Crooked Road and numerous local music enthusiasts, this event has been created to bring people from across the region to the fairgrounds for one weekend in June to compete with other old-time and bluegrass musicians for $6,000 in prize money and ribbons.

More than a competition, you will be able to walk through the campground to find heritage music being played amongst contestant’s and spectator’s campsites. Within the campsite jams you may come across flat foot competitions or find a professional musician taking the time to play music with a young child who is just starting out. There will be numerous vendors set up selling local goods, promoting their businesses and organizations. Local food trucks, along with a concession run by the Board of Directors will be set up selling tasty treats.

The convention is a fundraiser for the Fairgrounds to raise money for capital improvement projects of the property and create opportunities to host more community events throughout the year at the Washington County Fairgrounds. The event will be held outside with an inside option for inclement weather.

Friday admission is $10 adults, $3 ages 13-17 and under 12 free. Saturday admission is $15 adults, $3 13-17 and under 12 free. Weekend wristbands are $20 for adults and $5 for 13-17 year olds.

For more information, visit www.abingdonfiddlers.com.