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81st Old Fiddlers Reunion draws crowd and fiddles
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

ATHENS–The judges of the 81st Old Fiddlers Reunion liked the fiddle music coming from little 19-year-old Mia Orosco of Lorena the best and crowned her this year’s grand champion.
Judges were “Texas Shorty” Chancellor of Richardson, Benny Dennit of Magnolia and Kenneth “Little Red” Hayes, originally of Athens.
Master of Ceremonies James Weaver at first announced a shared title, but that didn’t turn out to be the case.

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Mia Oresco, who turned 19 May 23, fiddled her way to the top spot in the Women's Division and then performed the nostalgic "Memory Waltz" followed by the energetic "Wagner" to walk off with the title of Grand Champion Friday in Athens.

Wes Westmoreland III, 49, of Temple, held the title two years in a row, but came in second fiddle in the 2012 contest over the two-day event held the last Thursday and Friday in May.
Others sharing the final round with Orosco included Fort Worth fiddle teacher Bubba Hopkins, 22 and 73-year-old Tom Fonville of Flint. Mia’s 9-year-old brother, Anthony Orosco, also competed in the youngest age group, as he has most everywhere his big sister has competed.
Mia made the championship round at Groesbeck earlier in May and came in second during the Colorado Old Time Fiddlers Association contest in January with “Memory Waltz,” the same tune she played in the final round in Athens. She followed this up with an energetic rendition of “Wagner.”

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