GALAX, Va. (WFXR) — The 86th annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention kicks off on Monday in Galax for fiddle lovers of all ages.

The six-day event runs from Monday, Aug. 8 through Saturday, Aug. 13 at Felts Park along S. Main Street. Event organizers say there are $20,000 in cash prizes in addition to trophies and ribbons for contestants.

Admission to the event is $8 per person Monday through Thursday, $12 on Friday, $14 on Saturday, and $50 for contestant tickets and season tickets. Children 12 and under are free with a paid escort.

According to organizers, the convention will feature the following events:

  • Monday, Aug. 8 at 5:30 p.m. – Youth competitions
  • Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. – Old-time fiddle, dobro, mandolin
  • Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. -Bluegrass Fiddle, dulcimer, bluegrass banjo
  • Thursday, Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. – Clawhammer banjo, autoharp, guitar
  • Friday, Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. – Old-time bands and bluegrass bands
  • Saturday, Aug. 13
    • At noon – Folk song and dance flatfoot
    • At 6 p.m. – Bluegrass bands and old-time bands

More information about the convention can be found on the event’s website.