Because of the risks to our extended Fiddlers Grove Family caused by COVID 19, the Van Hoy family has decided it is in the best interest of our friends, musicians, loyal attendees, and the community to cancel this year’s Old Time Fiddlers & Bluegrass Festival which would have been held at Fiddler's Grove on Memorial Day weekend 2020. "With a deep commitment to our community, we feel this is the appropriate and responsible decision for us to make in these uncertain and difficult times" said Hank Van Hoy. “I am certain that this is the decision that my parents, Harper and Wansie Van Hoy would have made if they were here.”
“We will celebrate our 50th next year. Our Festival and traditions at Fiddler's Grove have been built through the years by the skill of our musicians who put their heart and soul into the music and the attentive devotion of the families who come to our Festival to come to hear and hear the music they love.." Van Hoy said, "It will be with great joy and happiness to be gathered once again in Union Grove on Memorial Day weekend 2021 and we look forward to seeing you then."
The beginning of this preservation was Started in 1924 by the current director’s great grandfather, H. P. Van Hoy, a teacher and fiddler, as the Union Grove Fiddlers Convention. This convention was held every year until 1969 at the Union Grove School.
The Ole Time Fiddler’s & Bluegrass Festival was Founded in 1970 by Harper A. Van Hoy, also a fiddler, to continue the preservation of traditional old time and bluegrass music in a family atmosphere. The combined performances of the two generations extends from 1924 to the present day in this festival held annually on Memorial Day weekend at Fiddler’s Grove Campground in Union Grove, North Carolina.
As seen in Flightnetwork's Article - 23 of the Best Intimate Music Festivals in North America.
A Family Festival Preserving Traditional American Music & Values with a focus on preserving the Heritage of Traditional Music and the continuation of handing it down through each generation.