Oct 3rd-Oct 5thTh noon- 10 pm; F noon - 10 pm; Sat 8am - until Athens
The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention is known as the "Granddaddy of All Fiddlers Conventions" for its role in reviving the tradition of competition in old time music. Approximately, 15,000 people are expected to attend the convention from more than 30 states and countries. The convention brings some 200 contestants to compete for top prize money and state championships. There are a multitude of different categories including several fiddle and guitar categories, harmonica, mandolin, bluegrass banjo, dulcimer, old time singing, banjo, and buck dancing. The Convention culminates in a "fiddle-off," between the top two fiddlers. The winning fiddler is declared "Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddle Champion," and takes home a trophy and $1000. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the outstanding music, 150 arts and crafts vendors and delicious festival food.