CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - On Tuesday, the Houston County Commissioners kicked off the excitement for the 79th annual World Championship Fiddlers Festival.
Judge Erin Ford signed a special proclamation for the annual event which takes place on Oct. 24.
The festival is expected to bring in nearly 5,000 spectators to the Davy Crockett Memorial Park in Crockett. Last year's event almost didn't happen after the festival lost its backing, but a small group came together to make sure the event happened.
Organizers said the festival is everything pure about Texas music.
"It's everywhere," said Festival Chairman Charles Arnold. "We just claim it as Texas music. People played the fiddle at barn dances, gatherings, and anything else that music was needed."
Arnold said the festival is perfect for a town named after Texas legend Davy Crockett.
"Davy Crockett played it at The Alamo," Arnold said. "That's just lots of history."
For fiddlers, the festival is a way to connect to simpler times.
"People in this country used to entertain themselves, and people don't do that anymore because of technology," said fiddler Lloyd Wright.
Wright said playing the fiddle means you have a connection to the past.
"I don't know if anyone knows how he played, but I can sort of imagine he sounded like this," Wright said. "This style of fiddlin' came from the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina."
The festivities kick off Oct.24 at 9 a.m. and are free for everyone.