A Granbury teen fended off the challenge of some top players in the open division to win his second straight title at the 88th annual Athens Old Fiddlers Reunion and Contest on Saturday.
For his efforts, Ridge Roberts earned the $600 paycheck in the open division, the top prize in the event.
“I was just generally solid and they felt pretty good,” Ridge Roberts said of the tunes he played
Roberts started playing when he was seven.
“My dad got me started,” Roberts said. “He plays. He works a lot more on fiddles now, but he taught me the tunes he knew.”
Later, he began learning from Joey McKenzie, a member of the Western Flyers, who performed in Athens during the fiddling weekend.
This summer, Ridge will go to Idaho, for the national fiddling championship.
Roberts entered his first fiddling contest as a 10-year-old in Alvarado in 2013. In 2015, he won the junior division at the Colorado State Fiddling Contest. In 2015 and 2016, he was Texas state champion.
Roberts was Mid-America Fiddle Champion of the junior division in 2016 and 2017, as well as world champion of the junior division in 2016.
This January, Roberts was open division champion and top money winner at the Colorado State Fiddling Championship.
The runner-up was thee time champion Mia Orosco. Orosco, 25, was the 2017 winner, following two-time winner Wes Westmoreland as champion. Second place in the open division pays $500.
Orsoco first won in Athens at age 19 in 2012.
When she was 16, Orosco was featured on the National Public Radio program, "From the Top," that features exceptional young classical musicians. Orosco, originally from Lorena, Texas, has competed in several Texas spots and top fiddling contests around the country.