Musicians Continue 95-Year-Old Tradition at Union Grove

UNION GROVE, N.C. — Fiddlers, banjo players, mandolinists and others will gather Memorial Day weekend in Union Grove for the Ole Time Fiddler's and Bluegrass Festival, a family-friendly weekend of performances, dancing and competitions. The event, whose history traces back to 1924, is the oldest continuous festival of its type in North America.

Local schoolteacher-musician H.P. Van Hoy and his wife, Ada, organized the first fiddlers convention to raise money for school supplies. The modern version at Fiddler’s Grove Campground includes a nightly barn dance, workshops, jams, a children’s show and other performances. Competitions for individuals and bands in different age divisions include the signature Hot Licks Competition.

Details about the schedule and camping options can be found at

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