The Virginia Folklife Program’s photographer Pat Jarrett joined Jon Lohman at the 78th Galax Old Fiddlers Convention. Here’s a photo recap of the week. All photos by Pat Jarrett/The Virginia Folklife Program.
Keana Dover, 10, left, of Shelby, North Carolina practices with her sister Krissa Dover, 16, in the grandstands
Kaden Miller of Galax.
Willard Gayheart and his pencil art.
Children ready their instruments before the youth fiddle contest on Monday.
Carson Peterson, 8, plays a fiddle near the big yellow tent on Monday.
Avery Newman, 21, of Grayson County had his left-handed mandolin signed by a cadre of musicians.
Chris Lundy stands outside a tent jam session.
Roger Sprung, center, jams on Monday night.
Youth bands rehearse under the big yellow tent on Monday.
Jake Johnson, 12, of Galax watches the youth band contest.
Bill Birchfield competes in the fiddle contest.
Eve Capeheart of Richmond, Virginia left, Barbara Daniels of Richwood, West Virginia dance during the fiddle contest.
Roger Poole onstage emceeing the fiddle contest on Tuesday.
Brennen Ernst of Leesburg, Virginia, right, warms up on guitar.
Photographer Mark Sanderford, center, put down his camera and picked up a fiddle in this jam session.
Keith Williams, left, of Chuckey, Tenn. plays with Daniel Greeson of Jamestown, North Carolina during a jam.
Jamie Collins of Bristol plays bass while Danny “Hootenanny” Clark, left, plays fiddle in a jam in “the Ditch” on Tuesday.
Zach Carter tunes his banjo
Bill Jones is engulfed in flames at the Roadkill Cafe while cooking burgers. Buddy Pendleton talks with people under the big yellow tent on Wednesday. Zach Carter of Blackwater, Virginia, left and John Goad of Kingsport, Tenn. warm up.B.K. Hodges of “the moonshine capitol” Rocky Mount, Virginia dances during a jam.
Mary Edna says she travels “wherever the Lord tells me.” She runs the Soup Kitchen at Galax, opening her doors for free soup after the contest stage closes every night of the convention.
Danielle Yother, 14, waits in line to compete on Thursday. Luthier Wayne Henderson warms up before the guitar contest.Chloe Mylet, right, and Andy Edmonds warm up before the guitar contest.
Jared Boyd tunes his banjo before jamming with the Dry Hill Draggers.
Waynnie Hopkins from North Carolina danced with the Patrick Henry Travelers.
Hal Wylie said he met Roger Sprung in Washington Square Park in New York City in the 1960s.
John Goad, second from left, reaches for the high note in a jam on Friday.
Kill-basa Bill performs with the Kill-basa Bill Roadshow.
Mike “Utter Mike” Leonard of Ash County, North Carolina poses with his Utter Bass, a dual-washtub, one-string bass that he built. Bill Birchfield, center, plays fiddle in a jam at his campsite on Friday night.
Janice Birchfield of the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers plays her washtub bass.
The 31st Yearly International Kazoo Championship and Parade was held at 3:33 on Saturday at Galax.
Rex McGee dresses for the Kazoo Championship and Parade.
The flatfoot dance competition.