Fiddle Fest - Free event: Jam session, competition, street dance

Published on Thursday, 29 May 2014 23:33 - Written by From Staff Reports

Fiddlers will gather to test their skills and have fun during the annual Old Fiddlers Contest and Reunion today and Saturday on the square in downtown Athens.

The 83rd annual Old Fiddlers Contest and Reunion is one of the premier fiddling competitions in the state and will crown winners in several divisions, according to information posted by organizers.

Admission is free.

The reunion begins with a jam session at 7 p.m. today on the courthouse lawn. There also will be concession stands and a carnival set up off the courthouse square, the information said.

The Fiddlers Contest on Saturday will feature competitions among seniors 66 and over; adults 30 to 65, young adults 19 to 29, youth 18 and younger. An open division is for all. A playoff among the first-place winners of each division at 5 p.m. will determine the grand champion.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. with a ceremony and run throughout the day.

Following the crowning of the fiddling champion will be an acoustic guitar picking contest. A street dance featuring a western swing band will begin at 8 p.m. and continue to midnight.