GALAX, Va. -

The start of the weekend was a wet one but that didn't stop people from enjoying some good old fashioned picking.

Some people came all the way from Massachusetts this weekend for the 79th annual Old Fiddlers' Convention to enjoy the traditional Blue Grass music Southwest Virginia is known for.

Organizers said the show will go on rain or shine and the fans came prepared!

"I'm so chic in my couple layers, jeans, I had to have the flannel just to fit in!" exclaimed Jennifer Smith.

She and thousands of other loyal Blue Grass fans didn't let an unseasonably cool and rainy August day dampen their spirits or excitement.

"Beyond the rain gear, just going into it with an attitude of this is going to be great no matter how bad the weather is," Taylor Snow told Your Hometown News Leader.

"Just the old time music just all the instruments, the young people that play. We have a lot of friends that play we just love the music," said Thomas Bowen.

Ricky Comer was in good spirits and said, "It's not that bad for good music. We'll put up with it."

Blue Grass music and "picking" and it's called has deep roots in Southwest Virginia making an event showcasing it unique.

"You can't get it anywhere else. There aren't other festivals that are like this " "It's one in a million," said Snow.

Ed Anderson and his wife are no strangers to the Blue Grass world and work to keep its legacy alive. They've performed at the Old Fiddlers' Convention for the last 24 years.

"We just enjoy the music. It's like an old home. You meet friends that you haven't seen for years just like an old hometown," Anderson said.

Other performers pride themselves on preserving this music's rich history.

"My whole band, we're kind of based in this area," Kelby Spencer the band, The Crooked Road Ramblers told WDBJ7. "We're keeping the tradition alive and our parents and grandparents and families have played music all through the years and we're kind of carrying that on."

Diehard fans like this man opted for the uncovered seat, close to the stage an in the direct path of the rain, but those who come here to Felts Park, do so as a pilgrimage.

"Music is the universal language and it lives on and it makes us get out of bed in the cold just to have it. Music is so important to human kind," Smith said.

The Old Fiddlers' Convention wraps up Saturday. Click here for more information.