Fiddlers' Convention documentary comes home to Galax

Published: Sep. 20, 2019 at 10:07 PM EDT
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The four o'clock screening was sold out.

And it wasn't a Hollywood blockbuster, but a feature-length documentary about the Old Fiddlers' Convention in Galax.

The filmmakers are sisters Vicki Vlasic and Julie Simone, who grew up just down the road in Hillsville. Several years ago, they had the idea to produce a documentary on the popular event.

In the summer of 2015, they realized the Old Fiddlers Convention was celebrating its 80th anniversary.

"And I called Julie up and I said if we're ever going to do this, it's such a great idea, I think now is the time," Vlasic told WDBJ7. "That was in June and we started filming in August."

Vlasic said they wanted to tell a story that would show the region in a positive light. They were pleased when it received a standing ovation during its first local screening at a Moose Lodge fundraiser last year.

"This is about the community," Simone said. "We hope that it feels like a gift to them, because it was a passion project for the two of us. We want to share it with the world, but we want the community to feel proud of what we did.:"

Fiddlin' is showing at Twin County Cinema through next Thursday, and screenings have been added to meet the demand.

The documentary will head to more than 40 communities, including Roanoke and Blacksburg in October.

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