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        Fiddler's Convention - Galax, VA
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  1. All registrations must be postmarked by July 15, 2014.

  2. (a) Send registration to: Old Fiddler's Convention, P.O. Box 655, Galax, VA 24333.  If not registered in advance, YOU DO NOT PLAY IN COMPETITION.
    (b) Bands must register under band name.  Individual members may also enter one other contest - instrumental or folk song or dance, if they desire.  A contestant may only enter one category whether they compete in a band or not.  However, no individual shall enter more than one contest outside of band.
    (c) Individual Contestant must play a verse and chorus of a recognizable song from the public domain before any refund, otherwise, contestant will be disqualified and will not be refunded.  Judges' decisions are final.
    (d) Each individual contestant may have one musical accompaniment including folk song.  Backup instrument cannot be the same as contestant instrument.
    (e) Playing time is limited to 2 minutes and 30 seconds for individuals and bands except for flatfoot dancers which are limited to 30 seconds of flatfoot dancing.  If red light comes on, you can finish the verse and chorus you are presently playing, but you cannot start another verse, otherwise you will be disqualified.
    (f) To qualify, a band must consist of at least a banjo, a fiddle, and a guitar.
    (g) No band will be allowed to play on Saturday night if they did not play on Friday night.
    (h) No Bluegrass Banjo style picking to be in Old Time Band.  No Old Time Banjo style picking to be in Bluegrass Band.
    (i) No bass fiddle can be entered in the Old Time or Bluegrass individual fiddle competition.
    (j) If an individual plays in more than one band, the bands will be disqualified.
    (k) If a contestant breaks a string while performing, he must stop immediately, he will be allowed to replace string, and can perform immediately after restringing.
    (l) Absolutely no playing inside big tent or will be disqualified during competition.  Exception, replacing a broken string, individual contestant may retune.
    (m) Dulcimer competition is for lap dulcimer only.

  3. Only authentic folk songs will be used in the folk song contest.

  4. No electrical instruments will be allowed in competition.

  5. Only string instruments will be allowed on stage, and no more than seven members allowed in band.

  6. Individuals and folk song will perform one time; bands will perform twice; dancers and folk song will perform only Saturday afternoon.

  7. Registered contestants must purchase contestant arm bands at main gate, but will be reimbursed full ticket price immediately upon presenting their arm band after their performance (EXCEPT FOR DANCE AND FOLK SONG, WHICH WILL NOT BE REIMBURSED)Registered contestants will not be reimbursed for general admission tickets.  All bands must perform twice to be reimbursed.

  8. All registered contestants must come through the front gate and identify themselves as registered contestants and the specific category or band they are registered in.

  9. Moose Lodge #733 has exclusive rights to reproduce any and all music played at the Conventions.  In filing entry, all contestants agree that the sponsors may tape and record performances free of claim of contestant.

  10. Camping for registered string musicians only will be provided in park area.  Contestant camper fee is $80.00.  Due to the increased cost of maintaining the camping area over the past years, there will be no refund for contestant camping.  No walk in campers will be admitted until after 4:00 PM on Sunday, August 3rd.

  11. A picture ID required for any refund.   Only exception will be a contestant under age 16, and they must be accompanied by parent or guardian with picture ID.  This also must be presented at check-in table.

  12. No taps in dance.

  13. Only authentic names will be registered.

  14. All ticket sales final - no exchanges or refunds.  Lost or damaged arm bands or mutilated tickets will not be replaced or reimbursed.

  15. No boom boxes and no amplified music to be played at any time during the conventions.  Anyone violating this rule will be subject to being removed from park, and charged with disturbing the peace.

  16. Drug and Alcohol Laws will be enforced.

  17. Absolutely no dogs, skate boards, rollerblades, bicycles, motorcycles, golf carts, or ATVs on grounds.

  18. Winners are responsible for contacting Moose if not present at awards ceremony.

  19. All campers and vendors must be out of park by 11:00 AM Sunday, August 10th.

  20. Average camping space is approximately 16' x 30'.  Any camper over 30' will be required to buy two spaces.

  21. All handicap must enter the gate on S. Main Street.
  22. Moose reserve the right to make changes at anytime.

  23. NO EXCEPTIONS TO ANY OF THE ABOVE RULES!


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