Ridge Roberts, the up-and-coming 10-year-old Hood County fiddler, entered his first contest Friday, Aug. 2, in Alvarado and came home a winner – and $100 richer.
In the Johnson County Pioneers and Old Settlers Reunion event, Ridge took first place in the division for those age 15 and under, over three competitors – two boys and one girl – according to his mother, Cindy Roberts.
The performance earned Ridge $100 and a trophy, plus a spot in the championship round. The winners from five age divisions competed against each other in that round, and Ridge took fourth place overall. All of the others in the championship round were adults, Cindy Roberts said.
Randy Elmore, who runs Elmore Fiddle Camp each July in Glen Rose, said that the Alvarado event is one of the older fiddling contests in Texas.
“It’s been going on well over 100 years,” said Elmore, who invited Ridge to his camp this year. “There’s just not as many (competitors) as there was 25 years ago, but that is still very popular.”
Ridge is scheduled to play Sept. 3 as part of the Triple Cross Cowboy Church Granbury Old Opry. That event, which will include several other acts including Georgette Jones – daughter of George Jones and Tammy Wynette – is free and scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Ridge is also planning to compete in another fiddle contest in November, in Glen Rose.
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