2019 Henry Reed Memorial Fiddlers Convention

The Seventeenth Annual Henry Reed Memorial Fiddlers Convention will be held at the Newport Recreation Center in Newport, VA on June 14-15, 2019. This festival honors the life and music of local old-time fiddler Henry Reed and is proud to have grown into it’s seventeenth year! The Henry Reed Memorial Fiddlers Convention is an official Crooked Road Affiliated Festival.

Friday’s activities will begin at 5 PM. The Reed Family Band always kicks things off, followed by 2 sets each from the featured bluegrass band Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder and the featured old-time band Nobody’s Business. Individual competitions will start at 3 PM on Saturday, followed by the band competitions.

WNRV will be on-site again this year to cover all the hours of great live music from the festival on both days.

Admission is $8 per person per day on Friday and Saturday, or $15 for the weekend. All contestants pay $15 (includes admission for the weekend) and they can get a festival t-shirt or $10 back after they compete. No pre-registration is needed, you register on-site.

The competition categories are banjo (bluegrass and old-time), fiddle (bluegrass and old-time), guitar (bluegrass and old-time), banjo-fiddle duet, mandolin, dulcimer, bass, folk song, dance, bluegrass band and old-time band.

Gates open noon on Thursday, admission is free on Thursday. Thursday-Saturday night camping is an additional $10 per person per night (rough) and $15 per person per night (electric, limited number available).

Vendors spots are available for $35. This is for the entire weekend and includes admission and camping for 2 people.

More information on the festival is available at the Henry Reed Convention Facebook page. Contact us if you have any questions about the festival.

WNRV will partner with the Henry Reed festival again in 2019 to offer a special combined advertising deal. New WNRV customers that take a 1 year package may be eligible for a discount for a full-page advertisement in the official Henry Reed festival booklet. Contact WNRV to get details on how we can help you promote your group or business while supporting the local community.

Congratulations to all the 2019 Winners and thanks to all that competed!

Old-Time Fiddle
1. Paul Herling
2. Ben Miller
3. Melinda Jamrom
4. Lynn Hill
5. Linwood Clark
Old-Time Banjo
1. Jared Boyd
2. Liam Kelly
3. Ben Miller
4. Jim Anderson
5. Kevin Beddingfield
Old-Time Guitar
1. Jon Benfield
2. Mike Harrison
3. Jared Boyd
4. Tim Thornton
5. Bob Stepno
1. Rick Hall
2. Bob Stepno
3. Linwood Clark
4. Dennis McKim
Banjo-Fiddle Duet
1. Jim Best/Frank Falco
2. Mac McCumsey/Ben Miller
3. Ginger Wagner/Paul Herling
4. Tim Thornton/Chloe Hopkins
5. Jim Anderson/Jim Kasmarick
Bluegrass Fiddle
1. Paul Herling
2. Chloe Hopkins
Bluegrass Banjo
1. Kevin Beddingfield
2. Stefan Kraft
Bluegrass Guitar
1. Brandon Hilton
2. Rick Hall
3. Jon Benfield
4. CJ Ferguson
5. Stefan Kraft
Folk Song
1. Ginger Wagner
2. Fred Benfield
3. Jared Boyd
4. Matt Peyton
5. Lieselotte Heil
1. Phyllis Gaskins
2. Tim Thornton
1. Stacy Boyd
2. Liam Kelly
3. Tim Thornton
1. Pat Harrison
2. Stacy Boyd
3. Liam Kelly
4. Liselotte Heil
Old-time Band
1. Mutton Busters
2. Indian Run String Band
3. Red Dog String Band
4. Undetermined Hound
5. Rib Smokers

Here is information for the Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Thirteenth, Forteenth, Sixteenth Annual Henry Reed Memorial Fiddlers Convention, and Fifteenth Annual Henry Reed Memorial Fiddlers Convention. A few T-shirts and program booklets from previous years are still available for purchase. Let us know if you are interested in getting these great souvenirs from previous years. Get yours while there are still some left!

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