MUSICIANS & FANS – MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!
South Carolina State Fiddling Championship
September 17, 2016, 11:00 am till 4:00 pm
at the Hagood Mill Historic Site
As autumn approaches and the leaves turn their brilliant colors, it signals the time for fiddle music in the mountains. OnSeptember 17th vintage fiddle music will fill the hills and hollers around Hagood Mill as we once again host the annual South Carolina Old Time Fiddling Championship. Some of the best fiddlers in the southeast will gather to compete for the title of South Carolina State Champion. This traditional contest goes back to the 1920s when Clemson University opened the doors of stately Tillman Hall to the local musicians of the nearby South Carolina Mountains for their music competition.
There will be cash prizes for competition in the senior and junior “Old time fiddle” categories, senior and junior “open” categories as well as old- time string band, old- time banjo, and guitar categories.
*Fiddling styles other than “traditional old time” are welcome and encouraged to compete for cash prizes during the Senior and Junior “Open” competition.
We at Hagood Mill refer to the “Open” category as the “Wildcat Open” because just like the name suggests: “Wildcat!”….anything goes as long as it is truly traditional music; singing (ballads, harmony singing, etc.), harmonica, quirky instruments (spoons, hambone, etc.).
While the other categories emphasize “Old Time” music (see link), this category is open to Bluegrass, Swing, Blues, Modern, and Gypsy instrumentation as well.
Contestants can register online (see link below) or by calling 864.898.2936. Contestants may also register at the Hagood Mill on the day of the event before 12:00 noon. There will be a $10.00 registration fee for those competing in the Senior “Old Time Fiddle” competition only. For more information about the rules and regulations for this event please go to www.visitpickenscounty.com/calendar.
So come on out and sit a spell. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and set yourself to enjoy lively music and good food on the grounds of the historic old grist mill that is the central destination for traditional music in the South Carolina Upcountry.
The Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site will be open to the public during this event.
Admission is free to both the Hagood Mill Site and the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site; however there is a $5.00 parking fee which is used to help Hagood Mill.
The gristmill will be operating and mountain crafts demonstrations will be from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.
As always, we encourage visitors to bring their favorite old-time instruments and join in the “open jam” which takes place throughout the day under the ancient cedar beside our beloved 1791 log cabin.
We can’t wait to see you here!
There will be lots to see on September 17th as Hagood Mill hosts a variety of folk life and traditional arts demonstrations. There will be blacksmithing, bowl-digging, flint knapping, chair-caning, moonshining, broom-making, basket-making, pottery, quilting, spinning, knitting, weaving, woodcarving, metal-smithing, leather-working, bee keeping and more! You can chat with the artists and make a purchase of their Traditional Arts to take home.
The Centerpiece of the Hagood Mill historic site is the water-powered 1845 gristmill. It is one of the finest examples of nineteenth century technology in the Upcountry and operates just as it has for the last century-and-a-half…the mill will be running throughout the day. In the old mill, fresh stone-ground corn meal, grits and wheat flour will be available. In addition rye flour, Basmati rice flour, oat flour, oatmeal, popping corn meal, and grits, organic yellow corn meal and grits, and buckwheat flour are produced and may be available. Hagood Mill cookbooks and a variety of other mill related items are also available.
There promises to be lots to do and lots of fun! So, head on out, grab a plate of great food on site from the Gatehouse Restaurant and enjoy a special day at the Hagood Mill.
The Hagood Mill historic site is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm all year long. The Mill operates, rain or shine, for a special festival the third Saturday of every month.
The Hagood Mill is located just 3 miles north of Pickens off Highway 178 or 5 ½ miles south of Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11 off Highway 178 at 138 Hagood Mill Road.
For additional information, please contact the Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936 or check out our website atwww.visitpickenscounty.com/calendar .