Maddie Denton, 2017 Fiddle ChampsFor the second year in a row, Maddie Denton was named “Alabama State Fiddle Champion” at the 51st annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention held at Athens State University Saturday night.

Denton, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, won the title by winning the “fiddle off,” which pits the top fiddlers from the junior, intermediate, and senior divisions. Sharon Bounds of Northport, Alabama finished runner-up. Denton, who won the junior fiddle division, earned the convention’s top prize of $1,200.

The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention is sponsored by the Athens State University Foundation, Alabama Farmers Cooperative, and the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce. The convention contributes to Athens State by funding student scholarships and University projects.

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