For More Than 50 Years, This Small Town Has Hosted One Of The Longest-Running Festivals In Alabama
By Andrea Verschuyl|Published September 25, 2023
Having grown up in Washington, Andrea is a self-admitted Pacific Northwest snob. In their opinion, there's simply nowhere else in the country with the Evergreen State's beauty. After attending university, Andrea devoted themselves to writing full-time. They're thrilled to represent Washington for Only In Your State while pursuing other professional and personal projects. They currently reside in Olympia, where they enjoy leaf-blowing their yard, perfecting homemade ramen, cuddling with their three tiny dogs, and feeding their pufferfish, Sea Biscuit.
Every year, the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention attracts history buffs and music lovers alike to the Athens State University campus. These visitors arrive ready to dive deep into Alabama’s rich tradition of folk music at a gathering some fans describe as profoundly spiritual. This evocative celebration of the Cotton State’s fiddle tradition proves that music is the best equalizer around, and one-time visitors tend to become life-long devotees. If you’re looking to explore one of Alabama’s oldest festivals, then the Old Time Fiddlers Convention belongs on your bucket list. Attend this year on October 4-7!