Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention

Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention Known as the "Granddaddy of Midsouth Fiddlers Conventions" for its role in reviving the tradition of competition in old time music, the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention is celebrated the first full weekend in October each year.
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The convention brings some 200 contestants to compete for top prize money. There are 18 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. A total of $11,850 will be awarded to contestants. In addition to the musical competition, hundreds of musicians will participate in the numerous jam sessions conducted across the Athens State campus during the weekend. Many people camp in travel trailers and even tents during the event on the University property. The convention also includes 150 traditional arts and crafts booths. These feature many handmade and traditional items. Convention proceeds support student scholarships and University projects. To date more than $500,000 has been contributed to the University.

Planning for the 53rd Annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention is well under way! October is one of the best...
07/30/2019

Planning for the 53rd Annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention is well under way! October is one of the best-sounding times of the year. 🎻🎶 Will you be sitting in one of these chairs this fall?

Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention's cover photo
07/30/2019

Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention's cover photo

Who has their tickets for Carpenter and May THIS Thursday, July 25th? 🎻 Get ready to enjoy the sounds of old-time music ...
07/23/2019
Carpenter & May - Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Concert Series

Who has their tickets for Carpenter and May THIS Thursday, July 25th? 🎻 Get ready to enjoy the sounds of old-time music in McCandless Hall at Athens State University this Thursday at 7:00 pm. Purchase your tickets here: https://bit.ly/2JkBUN5

Join us for the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers CONCERT SERIES! Enjoy the sounds of old-time music throughout the year with this four-part series leading up to the 2019 Fiddlers Convention in October. Here for the third concert in the series is Carpenter & May. They will be performing on Thursday...

Have you purchased your tickets for Carpenter and May? They will be on the Athens State University campus in McCandless ...
07/15/2019

Have you purchased your tickets for Carpenter and May? They will be on the Athens State University campus in McCandless Hall on Thursday, July 25th at 7:00. Tickets are on sale - get yours NOW! 🎻👍

Who’s ready for this year’s Convention?!? It’s going to be a great one!
06/10/2019
The News Courier

Who’s ready for this year’s Convention?!? It’s going to be a great one!

Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs and his band Kentucky Thunder will again be the headliner at this year’s Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention, according to a press release.

Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention's cover photo
04/17/2019

Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention's cover photo

04/12/2019

Join us in welcoming the Andy Leftwich Trio, featuring Cody Kilby and Byron House as part of the Fiddlers Concert Series!

Tomorrow night we welcome the Andy Leftwich Trio to Athens State University as part of the Fiddlers Concert Series! We s...
04/10/2019
Andy Leftwich Trio - Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Concert Series

Tomorrow night we welcome the Andy Leftwich Trio to Athens State University as part of the Fiddlers Concert Series! We still have tickets available, and you do not want to miss it. Purchase yours here: https://bit.ly/2GfQ6GU.

Join us for the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers CONCERT SERIES! Enjoy the sounds of old-time music throughout the year with this four-part series leading up to the 2019 Fiddlers Convention in October. Here for the second concert in the series is the Andy Leftwich Trio, featuring Byron House and C...

We are thrilled that the Andy Leftwich Trio will be on Athens State University's campus THIS Thursday! Purchase your tic...
04/08/2019

We are thrilled that the Andy Leftwich Trio will be on Athens State University's campus THIS Thursday! Purchase your tickets now. Andy Leftwich, Byron House, and Cody Kilby will be in McCandless Hall at 7:00 PM, on April 11, 2019.

Visit tvotfc.org to purchase your tickets!

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04/02/2019

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Purchase your tickets for the Andy Leftwich Trio now! Thursday, April 11, Andy Leftwich, Byron House, and Cody Kilby wil...
03/26/2019

Purchase your tickets for the Andy Leftwich Trio now! Thursday, April 11, Andy Leftwich, Byron House, and Cody Kilby will be in McCandless Hall at Athens State University at 7:00 PM.

Visit tvotfc.org to purchase your tickets!

Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention
03/18/2019

Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention

Join us for the Andy Leftwich Trio, featuring Byron House and Cody Kilby, on Thursday, April 11 at 7 PM in McCandless Ha...
03/18/2019

Join us for the Andy Leftwich Trio, featuring Byron House and Cody Kilby, on Thursday, April 11 at 7 PM in McCandless Hall on the historic campus of Athens State University. This is the second of four concerts by the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention CONCERT SERIES. Tickets are still available at www.tvotfc.org. Hope to see you there!

So excited to have Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley on campus tonight for the first concert of the Fiddlers Convention Concert...
01/11/2019

So excited to have Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley on campus tonight for the first concert of the Fiddlers Convention Concert Series!

Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention's cover photo
10/10/2018

Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention's cover photo

We are thrilled to announce the winners for each category of the 52nd Annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Conventi...
10/09/2018

We are thrilled to announce the winners for each category of the 52nd Annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention! Thank you to all of the participants and listeners. 2018 Fiddlers was one of the best yet. Congratulations to all!

Click here for the list of winners in each category: tvotfc.org

Congratulations to Mr. Bill Jones from Covington, Georgia for being named the 2018 Alabama State Fiddle Champion!
10/07/2018

Congratulations to Mr. Bill Jones from Covington, Georgia for being named the 2018 Alabama State Fiddle Champion!

10/07/2018

2018 Fiddle Off.

The competition finals are underway! We will be live streaming the Fiddle Off soon😁 #TennesseeValleyOldTimeFiddlersConve...
10/07/2018

The competition finals are underway! We will be live streaming the Fiddle Off soon😁

#TennesseeValleyOldTimeFiddlersConvention #AthensStateUniversity #AthensState #FiddlersConvention

Athens State University is filled with people, but there’s still room for more! We cannot wait to hear Ricky Skaggs🎻 #Te...
10/06/2018

Athens State University is filled with people, but there’s still room for more! We cannot wait to hear Ricky Skaggs🎻

#TennesseeValleyOldTimeFiddlersConvention #AthensStateUniversity #FiddlersConvention #AthensState #VisitNorthAlabama

We have many visitors checking out the TVOTFC museum and the Delmore Brothers Museum in McCandless. It’s been a great da...
10/06/2018

We have many visitors checking out the TVOTFC museum and the Delmore Brothers Museum in McCandless. It’s been a great day here at Fiddlers and it’s only getting better!

#TennesseeValleyOldTimeFiddlersConvention #FiddlersConvention #AthensStateUniversity

10/06/2018

The night is not over and lucky for us we will be here tomorrow too! ❤️🎻

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Rhonda Vincent has taken the stage and Athens State University is full of family, friends, and fiddlers! Come on out and...
10/05/2018

Rhonda Vincent has taken the stage and Athens State University is full of family, friends, and fiddlers! Come on out and join us🎻🎤

#TennesseeValleyOldTimeFiddlersConvention #AthensStateUniversity #FiddlersConvention #AthensState #VisitNorthAlabama

Are you wondering what exactly Fiddlers is about? Check out our “frequently asked questions” section here: http://www.tv...
10/04/2018

Are you wondering what exactly Fiddlers is about? Check out our “frequently asked questions” section here: http://www.tvotfc.org/guests/

All the fun starts TONIGHT, so make sure you come on out!

#TennesseeValleyOldTimeFiddlersConvention #AthensStateUniversity #FiddlersConvention #AthensState #VisitNorthAlabama

Have you seen the transformation beginning on Athens State University campus? The 52nd Annual Tennessee Valley Old Time ...
10/02/2018

Have you seen the transformation beginning on Athens State University campus? The 52nd Annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention is taking over!

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor, Huntsville International Airport, and our stage sponsors, Alabama Farmers Cooperative and Aetos Systems, Inc.

#TennesseeValleyOldTimeFiddlersConvention #AthensStateUniversity #FiddlersConvention #AthensState #VisitNorthAlabama

Important information that might be helpful as you're making your way to the Convention later this week and this weekend...
10/02/2018

Important information that might be helpful as you're making your way to the Convention later this week and this weekend. We can't wait to see you on campus!

The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention kicks off
Thursday in Athens. There are three concerts planned:

● Thursday, Oct. 4 - Flatt Lonesome (free concert)
● Friday, Oct. 5 - Rhonda Vincent & The Rage (ticket required)
● Saturday, Oct. 6 - Ricky Skaggs (ticket required)

Beaty Street between Pryor Street and E. Bryan Street will be closed from the morning of Oct. 5 through the evening of Oct. 6 to accommodate vendors.

Because of anticipated crowds for Friday and Saturday's concerts, the Athens Police Department will close additional streets temporarily for the safety of pedestrians.

Pryor Street east of Clinton to the university, Beaty Street in front of the university, and E. Bryan Street will be closed on these dates and times:
● Friday, Oct. 5, 3:30 pm - 8 pm
● Saturday, Oct. 6, 5:30 pm - 8 pm

The link to the map is on APD's Web page at http://athensalabama.us/206/3624/Police

Authorities have notified residents affected by these closures in person or by letter and map.

Athens Police ask motorists to use Hobbs Street or Elm Street during the times that Pryor Street will be closed. We thank motorists for their cooperation as APD works to keep pedestrians safe in this heavily congested area.

It’s the week we have all been waiting for! Flatt Lonesome will be playing on Thursday night for free. Head over to tvot...
10/01/2018

It’s the week we have all been waiting for! Flatt Lonesome will be playing on Thursday night for free. Head over to tvotfc.org for any additional info about getting your ticket to see Rhonda Vincent & the Rage and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder!

#TennesseeValleyOldTimeFiddlersConvention #AthensStateUniversity #FiddlersConvention #VisitNorthAlabama

This time next week, Athens State University’s campus will be filled with the sound of traditional old-time music.  Who ...
09/29/2018

This time next week, Athens State University’s campus will be filled with the sound of traditional old-time music. Who will you be bringing with you to experience the fiddles, food, and good times?

#TennesseeValleyOldTimeFiddlersConvention #AthensStateUniversity #FiddlersConvention #VisitNorthAlabama

Dixie Snack Company will have a booth with their incredible kettlecorn at Fiddlers this year! Between Dixie Snack Compan...
09/28/2018

Dixie Snack Company will have a booth with their incredible kettlecorn at Fiddlers this year! Between Dixie Snack Company and all of the other amazing vendors, Fiddlers will have the best goodies to munch on while listening to the fiddlin’ folk music of the South.
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#ThrowbackThursday Fiddlers has the most amazing history! Whose children are just as obsessed with Fiddlers as they are?...
09/27/2018

#ThrowbackThursday Fiddlers has the most amazing history! Whose children are just as obsessed with Fiddlers as they are?

#TennesseeValleyOldTimeFiddlersConvention #AthensStateUniversity #FiddlersConvention #VisitNorthAlabama

Have you ever seen this incredible wooden carving of a fiddler? It was made from a dead red oak tree from the courtyard ...
09/25/2018

Have you ever seen this incredible wooden carving of a fiddler? It was made from a dead red oak tree from the courtyard behind Founder’s Hall.

#TennesseeValleyOldTimeFiddlersConvention #AthensStateUniversity #FiddlersConvention #VisitNorthAlabama

Isn’t this a great picture of the fiddlers in McCandless Hall? Have you ever seen the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers...
09/25/2018

Isn’t this a great picture of the fiddlers in McCandless Hall? Have you ever seen the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention Museum in the lower level of McCandless? It will be open during the Convention…be sure to check it out!

#TennesseeValleyOldTimeFiddlersConvention #AthensStateUniversity #FiddlersConvention #VisitNorthAlabama

Did you know these #FiddlersFacts? Share if you learned something new! #TennesseeValleyOldTimeFiddlersConvention #Athens...
09/24/2018

Did you know these #FiddlersFacts?

Share if you learned something new!
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Guess who is coming back to Athens State, bringing flavors from Ethiopia and Columbia! Be sure to come check out Athens ...
09/21/2018

Guess who is coming back to Athens State, bringing flavors from Ethiopia and Columbia! Be sure to come check out Athens Roasting Company at Fiddlers Convention!

#AthensStateUniversity #TennesseeValleyOldTimeFiddlersConvention #AthensState #FiddlersConvention #VisitNorthAlabama

Fiddlers is only two weeks away! Have you bought your tickets yet? #FiddlersConvention #AthensStateUniversity #Tennessee...
09/19/2018

Fiddlers is only two weeks away! Have you bought your tickets yet?

#FiddlersConvention #AthensStateUniversity #TennesseeValleyOldTimeFiddlersConvention #AthensState #VisitNorthAlabama

The Athens State Student Art Club will have a booth again this year at Fiddlers! Who got the chance to play with some po...
09/17/2018

The Athens State Student Art Club will have a booth again this year at Fiddlers! Who got the chance to play with some pottery last year?
#AthensStateUniversity #TennesseeValleyOldTimeFiddlersConvention #AthensState #FiddlersConvention #VisitNorthAlabama

We cannot wait for this year’s Fiddlers Convention! What are you most excited to see at Fiddlers? 🎻🎤🎼🏆 #AthensStateUnive...
09/14/2018

We cannot wait for this year’s Fiddlers Convention! What are you most excited to see at Fiddlers? 🎻🎤🎼🏆
#AthensStateUniversity #TennesseeValleyOldTimeFiddlersConvention #AthensState #FiddlersConvention #VisitNorthAlabama

Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention's cover photo
09/04/2018

Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention's cover photo

The 2018 Fiddlers Convention is only SIX WEEKS away! We hope you are making plans to visit Athens/Limestone County and e...
08/22/2018
Welcome to Athens and Limestone County, Ala.

The 2018 Fiddlers Convention is only SIX WEEKS away! We hope you are making plans to visit Athens/Limestone County and enjoy this annual tradition with us. Check out the video below for other points of interest while you're in town!

Learn more about our community from Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks. Video provided by Fishing University.

The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention will be held October 4th through 6th, with competitions on the 5th and...
08/09/2018
Contestants – Tennessee Valley Old Times Fiddlers Convention

The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention will be held October 4th through 6th, with competitions on the 5th and 6th.

CONTESTANTS:

Please read the rules and note a few additions/changes at http://www.tvotfc.org/contestants/

Your judges this year will be:

Eddie Adcock
Martha Hearon Adcock
Gregory Morton
Randal Morton
Curtis Burch
Mike Compton
Adam Hurt
Beth Hartness
Gail Gillespie
Dwight Rogers
Tony Robertson
Ed Carnes
Maddie Denton
Justin Branum

This year we are also trying a new beginner musician category for contestants 12 and under that is restricted to banjo, guitar, and mandolin. They will all be judged together.

Also, it is important to note that all contestants must be on deck, ready to play when you are called. We are unable to try to locate contestants, so if you are not ready to play when it is your turn, you will be disqualified. Please pay attention to the competitions and know when you are needed on stage.

If you are in a category that has finals, you must remain and participate in order to receive prize money. You cannot leave and just take an automatic last place.

Finally, most contestants who have been here a while just automatically assume they know what the category rules are. Please be sure to review the rules even if you are a seasoned contestant, as some of them may have changed.

See you in October!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 20187:45 AM REGISTRATION: Beginning Fiddler, Beginner Musician & Guitar Finger Picking8:30 AM REGISTRATION: All other competitions

Check out our amazing entertainment lineup for this year's Fiddlers Convention! Thursday evening's performance by Flatt ...
06/08/2018

Check out our amazing entertainment lineup for this year's Fiddlers Convention! Thursday evening's performance by Flatt Lonesome is FREE and open to the public. You can catch Rhonda Vincent & The Rage Friday evening at 4 PM or 6 PM, and don't miss Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder at 6 PM on Saturday evening! All concerts and competitions are INCLUDED with your admission ticket! Buy your tickets online today! http://bit.ly/2JlpjLO

Tickets for the 2018 Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention are on sale now! To purchase yours, click below!
06/01/2018
52nd Annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention

Tickets for the 2018 Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention are on sale now! To purchase yours, click below!

Mark your calendars for the 52nd Annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention! This annual event, where the Alabama State Fiddle Champion is crowned (along with the top winner in 14 other categories being crowned Alabama State Champions) brings some 200 contestants and an estimated 15,000 fo...

02/06/2018
Simply Southern TV

Check out the Fiddlers Convention segment featured on last weekend's episode of Simply Southern!

If you missed yesterday’s new episode of Simply Southern, check it out below!

Don’t miss the Fiddlers Convention segment featured on Simply Southern tomorrow morning! Here’s what time you can catch ...
02/03/2018

Don’t miss the Fiddlers Convention segment featured on Simply Southern tomorrow morning! Here’s what time you can catch the show in your viewing area.

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