We are currently taking applications for music and craft vendors for the 2021 Hoppin’ John Fiddlers’ Convention! Please CLICK HERE to apply!


Here are the vendors from our last event in 2019:

D. Rickert Musical Instruments

rickertDon Rickert Musical Instruments is a premiere designer and maker of innovative custom and historic musical instruments. Since starting our musical instruments enterprise in 2007, we have dealt primarily in those of the bowed variety (e.g. violins, fiddles and related instruments such as octave fiddles). We have also designed and made a number of fretted instruments along the way: mandolins, parlor guitars, acoustic bass guitars, tenor guitars and the like. Donald Rickert, Ph.D., has been playing, designing, making and modifying stringed musical instruments for more than 40 years. Dr. Rickert is a Professional Member of the Industrial Designers Society of America (designated IDSA).

Deanocraft Custom Banjos

Dean Robinson builds professional grade banjos with tasteful and artistic designs. A woodworker for most of his life, Dean applies his skills to produce 15 – 20 finely crafted banjos each year. These banjos are not only beautiful but are set up for excellent tone and play-ability, providing a lifetime of enjoyment.


Earth & Iron Pottery

…offers decorative and functional pottery with a unique flare! They are a family run small business, based in the heart of North Carolina. We create unique pieces with glazes that are all lead-free and food safe.

Norm’s Farms

…is at the forefront of one of the most sustainable and exciting new crops: Elderberry. The Norm’s Farms family believes in the jam-four-pack2-web-456x456sustainable production of healing foods made with natural, simple ingredients–just like the elderberries Norm’s Farms grows.

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…creates shirts, tapestries and more in the retro fashion art that never goes out of style!


is part of a Pittsboro nonprofit with a fair trade program in West Bengal, India, where our nursing school family partners weave Gumchas – a 100% cotton fabric art that has been hand-loomed in the service area area for thousands of years. Gumchas are made by subsistence farmers in the rural villages of the nonprofit healthcare training program’s service area. The G4H program triples the weavers’ incomes, saves their art form from dying out, and allows more families to send their children to school.

Raney Day Woodworks

makes handcrafted woodenwares — Appalachian-style dough bowls, spoons, cutting boards and chopping blocks, handcrafted walking sticks and canes, and old-style wooden fishing lures. Joe Lackey’s work has won blue ribbons in the Charlotte Showcase of Woodcarving and Catawba Valley Woodworkers shows.

The Country Pedaler

has handturned wooden home and garden tools, handcrafted wooden toys,
up-cycled trinket signs, appliqué kitchen items, and re-purposed pillows and wall decor.

Food Vendors:

Shakori Hills Pizza – homemade pizza, New York Style

Shakori Hills BBQ – slow-cooked, melt-in-your mouth Lilly Den pork, with traditional sides

The Coffee Barn – coffee, quick breakfast, pastries, sweet treats & Homeland Creamery Ice Cream

Thank you to our WONDERFUL sponsors! We couldn’t do it without these folks:

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