A new World Record at Galax

Four hundred and ninety-three mandolin players attempted to take back the Guinness World Record for Largest Mandolin Ensemble at the 80th Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax on Tuesday, 8/4/15. Pat Jarrett/The Virginia Folklife Program
Four hundred and ninety-one mandolin players attempted to take back the Guinness World Record for Largest Mandolin Ensemble at the 80th Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. (Pat Jarrett/The Virginia Folklife Program)

The Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention is the largest and oldest fiddlers’ convention in the world, so it’s no surprise that it’s been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records.

The first time was back in 2012 at the 77th Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention where 389 mandolin players set the record for largest mandolin ensemble. Later the same year an ensemble in Greece topped Galax’s number by 25.

In 2015 Tara Linhardt planned to retake the record and beat the Greek record by so much that they wouldn’t be able to take the record again.

“Someplace like Galax, we could get into something like this, cause it’s funny, and because we all play music. Anyone can play a mandolin,” said Linhardt, “why not?”