Appalachian Heritage Council

The mission of the APPS Appalachian Heritage Council is to provide entertainment that reflects the story, history, and traditions of the Appalachian Region.

Some past events include Contra Dances, Square Dances, live bands, and Appalachian storytellers. Preservation of the traditions of the Appalachian Region is the focus of this council, and members will be asked to bring new and fresh ideas for entertainment as it relates to Appalachian heritage.

The flagship event for the APPS Appalachian Heritage Council is the annual Appalachian State University Old-Time Fiddlers Convention. Fiddler's Convention, or FidCon, is held on the campus of App State and is 100% student-operated. This unique two-day event draws over 400 attendees from nine states and celebrates the rich musical and cultural history of the Appalachian region. Events include, but certainly are not limited to: concerts, instructional workshops, music competitions, a gathering of luthiers, as well as a handmade market featuring crafters from across the region.

In addition to the Fiddler's Convention, the Appalachian Heritage Council also puts on multiple events throughout the academic year. These events in the past have included Summer's Last Square Dance, Appalachian Heritage Week, fly fishing workshops, Appalachian hiking safety demonstrations, Fiddles n' Fixins, and many others. 

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