The 82nd Athens Old Fiddlers Reunion and Contest is officially on the radar.
Brookshires in Athens once again kicked off preparations for the annual event by presenting a check for $2,500 on Wednesday to Mary Ensign of the Athens Old Fiddlers Reunion.
“We’re once again glad to be a Platinum Sponsor of the event this year,” Brookshires Store Director Charles Beasley said. “This event has such a rich history here, and we’re looking forward to the fun.”
This year’s event will once again have all the fiddling, fun and funnel cakes you can handle, but there will be one big change. To better accommodate contestants, the decision has been made to hold the jam session on the last Friday, which falls on May 31 this year, with the contest to follow on Saturday, June 1.
All festivities will once again be held on the Henderson County Courthouse square, where they’ve been held each year since 1934 after large crowds forced the event to move from the Athens High School auditorium in 1933 (the first contest, in 1932, was held in Bethel).
Ensign said it was hard to make the decision to move the contest to Saturday, but added it should open the contest up to young fiddlers who previously couldn’t attend because they were in school on Fridays.
She said overall attendance may grow, as well, since many spectators won’t have to take off work to come.
“I really think it will be a better deal,” she said. “I’ve heard nothing but good things about changing it to Saturday. We’re still keeping with the tradition of having the event the last Friday in May, we’re just kicking it off with the jam session Friday night.”
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Henderson County offices will close Friday through Monday for the Memorial Day weekend.
The courthouse and other county locations have traditionally closed on a Friday in May for Fiddlers Day. County employees were given May 24 as a holiday this year in anticipation of the event. The county’s 2013 holiday schedule was already set when the organizers of Fiddlers Day decided to make it a Friday night and Saturday affair on May 31 and June 1.
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The storm produced heavy rains in Athens, where the National Weather Service reports 2.16 inches fell. Residents in the county were seeing three or more inches in their rain gauges.
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The jury, in Judge Mark Calhoon’s 3rd District Court, handed Danny Ray Lusk four life sentences and one 20-year sentence, the maximum jail time on each count.
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At first reading, the slogan appears to be for the school’s students. But, after looking at the slogan and noting that the abbreviation is WAR, Buford says the slogan is for educators.
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