June 1st, 2013 – Athens, Texas
The state’s longest running contest was held at the square of old downtown Athens, Texas, on the last day of May and first day of June, this year.
I don’t know enough about fiddlers and fiddling, but I can feel the old Texas atmosphere around the square by listening to the tunes played and sung.
The tunes date back older than the reunion itself, I heard.
Young and seniors fiddled in harmony. Ladies played bingo. Spouse guarded the instruments. Toddler watched in the shade of a big ol’ oak tree.
The youth, 18 years and under, practiced, waited, watched, competed.
Concession booths stood by.
Apple Blossom. Brilliancy.
The spectators swayed.
Kids played puddle. Teens wandered around.
© Photographs by Ine Burke / Inegaleri.com 2013