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ATHENS, Ala. – Athens State University will host the 49th annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention. The two-day event begins Friday afternoon, but the gates are already open.

Musical competitions will be on the Alabama Farmers Cooperative State in front of Founders Hall. There will also be other locations throughout campus.

A total of more than $18,000 will be awarded as prize money.

More than 15,000 people have attended the convention in the past, with more than 200 musicians participating. There are more than 18 different categories, including several fiddle and guitar categories, harmonica, mandolin, bluegrass banjo, dulcimer, old time singing, banjo, and buck dancing.

Aubrey Haynie and Friends will be this year’s special guest at the Fiddlers Convention. Haynie has been one of the most sought after session players in Nashville, having appeared on releases by George Jones, Porter Wagoner, Trisha Yearwood, and Bryan White among others, and with tours in the bands of Aaron Tippin and Clint Black padding his resumé, as well.

They will be performing on the Alabama Farmers Cooperative Stage in front of Founders Hall on Friday, October 2nd at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Tim Graves and the Farm Hands will also be performing on the Coop Stage on Saturday, October 3 at 5:00 p.m.

The competition begins Friday at 7:00 following the Aubrey Haynie and Friends performance. They will resume Saturday morning at 8:30.

The cost to attend is $10 per day, or $15 for a 2-day pass. Children under 12 are admitted free with a parent.

The festival culminates on Saturday night with the naming of the Alabama State Fiddle Champion.

Ross Holmes was named “Fiddle Champion” at last year’s convention. He won the “fiddle off” which traditionally pits the top fiddlers from the junior and senior divisions. This year’s fiddle champ will earn a total of $1,000 in cash and a trophy.

You can find more information on the Athens State Website.