Old-Time musicians near and far descend on the grounds of Hagood Mill to compete in this official State-sanctioned two-day event. Due to special Covid circumstances the event is looking very different in 2020. Tickets for the event are extremely limited to 200. The SC Fiddling Competition will occur on site and will be live streamed to our virtual audience. The Mill will operate, we will have living history demonstrators throughout the site and also a cherry picked group of artisan vendors. The educational and entertainment value of the day will remain the same as ever, we will simply have an intimate audience of 200. This is also a very special occasion as we will have a commercial film crew on site!
The SC State Fiddling Championship will take place on Saturday October 17, starting at 9 am. The competition has run as late as 8 pm in the past. Competitions will take place on the historic stage and also at the Heritage Pavilion. Details of the competition prize money and schedule will be released at a later date. Competitions will be limited to ten entries into the following categories (all categories are open to adult and junior (16 & Under) competitors): String Band (Up to 5 musicians per band), Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar, and Wildcat.
Our typical Third Saturday happenings of the operation of the Hagood Mill, living history demonstrators and artisan vendors will start at 10 am. We will also have food trucks throughout the day and evening on Saturday. As always, we encourage visitors to bring lawn chairs or blankets for the show. Please bring a mask and personal hand sanitizer. Visitors are also welcome to bring their favorite old-time instruments and join in the “open jam” which typically takes place throughout the day under the ancient cedar beside our beloved 1791 log cabin.
There promises to be lots to do and lots of fun! Admission is $15.00 per person. There is no special pricing or free entry for children due to restrictions in the number of people we can gather on the historic side for the event and the financial reality of selling so few tickets. Admission includes entrance to the Hagood Mill Historic Site as well as the Heritage Pavilion and Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site. Also included in Saturday’s entrance is an evening concert by Kristin Harris and Borger Wiggle (8-10 pm) and the critically acclaimed Songs From the Road Band (10 pm – 12 am). The evening entertainment bands will play at the Heritage Pavilion. Borger Wiggle is an old time band that hails from Colombia, SC. They are composed of fiddler Kristen Harris, upright bassist Tyson Graham, guitarist Ashley Carder, and old time banjoist Ben Riesser. Kristin Harris has won the Fiddling Championship at the Hagood Mill two times, her last being in 2019, making her the defending champion. The band has been performing together at festivals and with bands of various formations for the past 8 to 10 years and recorded their first album together in January 2020. Critically acclaimed Songs from the Road Band headlines the evening and takes the stage for a two hour show at 10 pm. They reign from Asheville, NC is an A-list band in the bluegrass scene. Their fourth album, “Road to Nowhere” is chart topping and you will not want to miss this intimate show at Hagood Mill’s Heritage Pavilion.