The 1st Annual Blue Mud Fiddler’s Convention

The 2017 Big Ridge Bluegrass Festival & The 1st Annual Blue Mud Fiddler’s Convention

The Union County Arts Council is happy to present the 1st Annual Blue Mud Fiddler’s Convention, to be held in conjunction wit the Big Ridge Bluegrass Festival.

The 2017 Big Ridge Bluegrass Festival is Friday, August 18th at Big Ridge State Park in Union County, Tennessee.  The Bluegrass Festival starts at 5:00 p.m. and goes until around 10:00 p.m. The Fiddle contest will begin at 10:00 p.m..

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy an evening of music. There will be food and craft vendors onsite. Also, informal parking lot jams can often be found during the festival, adding to the fun.

Registration for the fiddle contest will be held on-site on the day of the event, beginning at 5:00 p.m..

There is no fee to enter the contest.

Cash prizes are $100 for 1st Place, $75 for 2nd Place, and $50 for 3rd Place.

For information about Big Ridge State Park, please visit the park’s website.

The Union County Chamber of Commerce website has information on camping in the area and things to see and do.

Wondering about the name? Blue Mud is the name of one of the valleys that make up Big Ridge State Park. The name is a nod to local community traditions ~ and it’s fun to say.

Fiddle Contest Rules

  • The contest is for fiddle only. No other solo instruments.
  • Each contestant will perform one Old Time or Bluegrass tune.
  • Performances shall be without the aid of sheet music.
  • Each contestant may have accompaniment from no more than four persons. Accompaniment must be on instruments other than fiddle.
  • Each contestant is encouraged to render only the length of their piece seen necessary (several times through a tune is usually enough).