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Kids & Families

Kids 15 & Under Receive Free Admission Hootenanny Hayrides, Saturday 12pm – 3pm Jump on the tractor wagon and come along with Tim Wells and other musicians on a magical musical hayride around Shakori Hills. Musicians play their instruments and

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2019 Volunteer Application

volunteers Interested in volunteering? Hoppin’ John Fiddlers Convention is a volunteer-run event,which means that we can’t do it without you! One 4-hour shift earns you weekend admission with regular camping. A 2-hour shift may be worked for single day admission

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Richie Stearns & Friends – Concert

Saturday, September 14th, 7:30pm Carson’s Grove Stage Rooted in old-time tradition, Richie Stearns‘ eclectic banjo playing defies genre. His innovation mixing Appalachian melodies with other cultural rhythmic and melodic styles have made him a foundational influence of today’s music scene.

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The Cook-Off

Hoppin’ John Cook-Off 5:30 pm Saturday, September 14, 2019 Show off your culinary talents! You could leave the festival with a prize and ribbon whether you are a musician or not. The cook-off is a play on the event’s name,

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Quilt Raffle

Here’s a sneak peek of this year’s Stage Quilt! It will be up for raffle  throughout the event. Drawing will happen Saturday Night on Carson’s Grove Stage, after the Band Contest. You need NOT be present to win! Ticket Sales

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2019 Contestant Pre-Registration

Pre-registration is now closed. You may register for any contest up to one hour before it ends. Registration opens at 2pm on Friday.

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Sacred Harp Singers

Saturday morning at the Old Coffee Barn, 10am Come join in singing old, haunting a capella hymns in four-part harmony from the Sacred Harp. Shape-note singing uses four distinct shapes for the note heads rather than typical round note heads, and

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Contest Rules & Regulations

You may register up until halfway through the contest you are entering – possibly later if time allows. Registration will take place at the tent in the stage field beginning at 2 pm on Friday and 10 am on Saturday.

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Musicians’ CD Sales

Hoppin’ John will sell your cds for you! If you have recorded cds or albums of your own music and wish to sell them at the convention, just drop some off at the merchandise shack at the top of the

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13th Annual Festival! September 12th - 14th, 2019 at Shakori Hills in Silk Hope, NC