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Since 1947, the Alexander County First Sunday Singing Convention, featuring three choirs and a guest choir, has met the first Sunday each month to sing together. At one time eleven choirs would perform. The singing promoted unity, fellowship, and better singing in the home churches. The convention received the 1998 N.C. Folklore Society Community Traditions Award.
Dwaine C. Coley received a 1998 Brown-Hudson Folklore Award for strong support and promotion of folklorists and folk arts of Western Carolina. Since 1981, he has been executive director of the Hiddenite Center in Alexander County.