The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention has been named the home to the Alabama State Fiddle Champion. This distinction begins with this year’s annual music festival held the first weekend in October on the campus of Athens State University.
The legislature resolved, with both houses concurring, to recognize the long history and tradition of the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention and that the convention be the official home of the Alabama State Fiddle Champion. The joint house resolution was sponsored by State Representative Dan Williams at their June joint session.
“This is a great honor for us and for those who will be able to carry the title of Alabama State Fiddle Champion each year,” stated Athens State Vice President Rick Mould who also serves as Chairman of the event. “Now that we’ve been around for almost 48 years it certainly seems an appropriate place to bestow this acknowledgement.”
The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention is known as the “Granddaddy of Midsouth Fiddlers Conventions” for its role in reviving the tradition of competition in old time music. Approximately 15,000 attend the annual convention from almost all of the states. The convention brings some 200 contestants to compete for top prize money in 18 different categories. This year’s convention is scheduled for October 3 and 4.