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The Fiddlin' Spirit

by msbrandysue

Athens is home to the Old Fiddler's Contest that I've unfortunately never been able to attend. However, they honor this art form in the square, by the old courthouse. There stands a bronze sculpture of an old fiddler. Fiddlin' is no joke in this city. If you are in the area Memorial Day weekend make sure to stop by the contest on Friday night!

From the website:
Held the last Friday each May, The Athens Old Fiddlers Contest and Reunion is known nationwide, and as far as we know, is the longest running contest of its kind. Festivities begin on the lawn of the Courthouse at 9:00am and never slow down until the street dance ends at midnight. Bring the whole family for this good old fashioned day of fun. There's plenty to do for kids of all ages.

History of the Fiddlers Contest
In 1932 the Bethel Community, situated six miles north of Athens, decided to stage a county-wide fiddlers contest as a climax to a farmers' study course. Fourteen string bands entered the contest and approximately 900 people attended. The event had such an enthusiastic response that plans were made to make the contest an annual affair.

In 1933 the contest moved to the Athens High School auditorium. From 1934 to present, the Fiddlers Contest has been held on the Courthouse Square in Athens to accommodate the ever-expanding crowds of music lovers.

The Texas Fiddlers Contest and Reunion has served as a homecoming for many people. They gather on the courthouse lawn, bringing their quilts and lawn chairs to relax while listening to the music and renewing old acquaintances.

The Texas Fiddlers Contest and Reunion is held the last Friday in May and is produced by the Texas Fiddlers Association.

Lake Athens

by keeweechic

Lake Athens lies about 4 miles east of Athens and covers about 1,500 acres. It was previously known as Flat Creek Reservoir. The impoundment is owned by the Athens Municipal Water Authority and supplies the city with their requirements. The lake is popular for boating, swimming and fishing for record setting largemouth bass, crappie, white bass, redear sunfish. The areas around the lake are also popular for camping and picnicing.


by keeweechic

Palestine is around 34 miles to the south of Athens. The town has an abundance of historical building and homes, over 1800 in all and second only to Galveston. Davey Dogwood Park is alive with colour in Spring with the flowering of the Dogwoods. The old downtown area (Old Town Palestine) is filled with architecture from the 1800’s and the area is currently being rejuvenated. There are many antique stores and specialty shops to browse through as well as restaurants and a candle factory. This Texas State Railroad is a major attraction and the park is operated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. There are antique steam engines and cars which operate from March through to October on a 25.5 mile route to Rusk (and return).

Texas Freshwater Fishery Extra Pics I

by msbrandysue

When we first got to the fishery we went on the tram tour to see the hatcheries. Here the tram guests got to throw food into the water to get the fish to come to the service. Great highlight for the younger guests.

The Game Warden Statue honors those that have given their life for the well-being of Texas game.

Some of the interesting fish in the aquarium section.

Pinocchio fish!

Lovely Lyle the Crocodile

Taking more pictures of the fish tanks

Starting our walking trail

The wetlands with the turtles


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