Fiddlers convention celebrates Appalachia music, culture

Sep. 5—Music lovers gathered to celebrate the history and culture of Appalachia Labor Day weekend during the final gathering of the Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention.

The three-day celebration on N.C. 268 in Lenoir brought together musicians who kept pace with the century-old tradition of fiddlers conventions and competed in several categories Saturday on the fiddle, banjo and guitar, as well as the flatfoot dance, folk singing and an open instrumental category.

Also Saturday were a variety of activities for children, the Caldwell County Junior Appalachian Musicians program showcased their talents on a youth stage, a children's parade was held as well as singalongs, storytelling, puppets, and crafting. A flatfood dance workshop was also available.

The festival started Friday evening with traditional events, including cake walks, joke contests and open mic opportunities.

A variety of performers also entertained visitors Sunday afternoon.

Located on the Jones Farm alongside the Yadkin River, visitors were able to camp on the grounds for the weekend.