November 4, 1967
The first Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention was held at Athens State University in Limestone County. Officially founded in 1966, the convention traces its roots to local fiddling contests in the county that date back to the mid-1920s. Today, the convention is held on the first Friday and Saturday of October and draws an annual crowd of more than 15,000. The event features acres of arts and crafts booths, instrument traders, food vendors, and a variety of musical competitions such as banjo, fiddle, old-time singing, and buckdancing contests. The convention is consistently named by tourism groups as one of the top twenty attractions in the Southeast.