GALAX, Va. (WDBJ7) Mountain music lovers from around the world are in Galax this week for the 82nd Old Fiddlers' Convention.
The chords fill the hills and floods the campgrounds.
"We're just trying to keep bluegrass and old time music alive in these mountains here," said Tom Jones with the Galax Moose Lodge.
The Galax Moose Lodge runs the show and pickers of all ages come to perform for a chance to win a piece of $20,000 in prizes.
Hundreds of competitors from around the world play on the big stage and thousands more come to listen. This week the city of about 7,000 in Galax grows to an expected 47,000.
"There's several people from Australia, Czech Republic, and several foreign countries and most states," Jones said.
Including folks at the Cool Breeze Campground a few miles away, where about 47 Airstreams owners come to listen.
"Just love the fiddlers' convention. The first time I came I just fell in love with the environment," said Mary Lynne Baxter, from Lincolnton, North Carolina.
The Airstream enthusiasts come from 12 states and have been for the last 17 years to get their string music fix. Bill and Sylvia Worrall are from Marshall, Virginia, and brought their special edition Airstream. They started visiting Galax about 10 years ago.
"We came and we loved it so we've been back every year since," Sylvia said.
"We enjoy the company and we enjoy the Galax Fiddlers' Convention," her husband Bill said.
The club travels the world to meet other Airstream owners and make new friends.
"It's like having a big extended family. We've got friends all over the country," Baxter said.
And in Galax. There's something special that brings the group back to the city every year.
The competitions started Monday night and go through Saturday night.
For more information go to http://www.oldfiddlersconvention.com