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55th Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention

Tuesday, May 3, 2022


Hi All, wanted to share the exciting changes this year for the 55th.  We've upped the cash, increased the places to 8 each category, added more beginner categories, and starting later at 930am on Saturday (whew, finally!). 

If you like to compete, or just enjoy sharing home made music with over 10,000+ spectators from 39 states, on the grounds of historic Athens College (1822), on the dryest farest weekend of the year, come to Athens October 7th and 8th, 2022.  Here's some info and a link:


Beginning in 2022, several changes will be implemented for competitions.

Prize Money

All competition categories will now have eight (8) award places instead of five (5). With the exception of some fiddle categories, prize money for individual categories will now be:

1st: $300 | 2nd: $250 | 3rd: $200 | 4th: $150 | 5th: $125 | 6th: $100 | 7th: $75 | 8th: $50

The prize money for the Bluegrass Band and Old Time Band categories will increase to:

1st: $1,500 | 2nd: $1,250 | 3rd: $1,000 | 4th: $750 | 5th: $500 | 6th: $400 | 7th: $300 | 8th: $200

Competition Categories

The following competition categories have been discontinued:

  • Beginner Musician
  • Junior Fiddler
  • Intermediate Fiddler
  • Fiddle-Off

The following competition categories have been added:

  • Beginner Banjo
  • Beginner Mandolin
  • Beginner Guitar
  • Tennessee Valley Fiddle Champion

Instead of a Beginner Musician category, the new categories for children will now be Beginner Banjo (12 and under), Beginner Mandolin (12 and under), Beginner Guitar (12 and under), and Beginner Fiddler (10 and under).

There will no longer be a Fiddle-Off between the top contestants in the three main Fiddle categories. Instead, the Junior Fiddler and Intermediate Fiddler categories have been removed, and a new open Fiddle Category has been added – Tennessee Valley Fiddle Champion. A fiddler may NOT enter more than one fiddle category. Anyone who wishes to compete for the Fiddle Championship must enter this category.

The new categories of fiddle are as follows:

  • Beginner Fiddler (age 10 and under) – $300 first place
  • Apprentice Fiddler (ages 11-15) – $300 first place
  • Classic Old Time Fiddler – $1,000 first place
  • Senior Fiddler – $1,000 first place
  • Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddle Champion – $2,000 first place

Other fiddle categories will step down as follows:

Classic Old Time Fiddler and Senior Fiddler:

1st: $1,000 | 2nd: $800 | 3rd: $600 | 4th: $500 | 5th: $400 | 6th: $300 | 7th: $200 | 8th:  $100

Tennessee Valley Fiddle Champion:

1st: $2,000 | 2nd: $1,750 | 3rd: $1,500 | 4th: $1,250 | 5th: $1,000 | 6th: $750 | 7th: $500 | 8th: $250

*The Tennessee Valley Fiddle Champion category is open to age 11 and up.

All individual categories will be designated Alabama State Champion, and the open fiddle category will be designated Tennessee Valley Fiddle Champion.

Finally, competitions will begin at 7:00 pm on Friday, October 7, and resume at 9:30 am on Saturday, October 8 instead of 8:30 am

Come enjoy and share the music!


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Fiddlers go way back there on both Mom and Dad's sides, and Dad played banjo and guitar. I heard him fiddle a tune once when no one was looking and was shocked! I've played "traditional" guitar all my life, and that included a lot of backing up fiddlers, and picking fiddle tunes. I took up banjo and fiddle, because I miss the tunes and sounds of my youth. I guess I like the older sound and older tunes the best, but it is all really good.

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