October is a fun time to visit Athens, AL. The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention will be held October 5th & 6th on the Athens State University campus. It is known as the "Granddaddy of Midsouth Fiddlers Conventions" for its role in reviving the tradition of competition in old time music. Approximately 15,000 people are expected to attend the convention this year from more than 30 states. The convention brings some 200 contestants to compete for top prize money. There are 18 different categories, including several fiddle and guitar categories, harmonica, mandolin, bluegrass banjo, dulcimer, old time singing, banjo, and buck dancing. The Convention culminates in a "fiddle-off," between the top two fiddlers. The winning fiddler is declared "Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddle Champion," and takes home a trophy and $1000. An admission fee is charged. Visit www.athens.edu/fiddlers for more information. While in Athens, enjoy your stay at one of our beautiful hotels including Holiday Inn & Suites (256-232-7931), Hampton Inn & Suites (256-232-23477) or Quality Inn (256-232-0030. While here be sure and enjoy the delicious catfish and hush puppies (or BBQ) at Greenbrier Restaurant in Limestone County just minutes from downtown Athens or mouthwatering prime rib at LuVici’s Restaurant in downtown Athens.