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Rick Mould, left, receives the  Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award from Athens State University President Jerry Bartlett.
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Rick Mould, left, receives the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award from Athens State University President Jerry Bartlett.

Fiddle fest official gets Citizen of Year award

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

ATHENS — A man who helps get up to 15,000 folks to fiddle around in Athens one weekend each year is the Citizen of the Year.

The Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce awarded Rick Mould the award at a Chamber Coffee on Tuesday.

Mould is the vice president of University Relations at Athens State University and co-chairman of the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention held in October at the campus.

Mould was to receive his award at the Chamber luncheon in April but had a medical emergency due to chest pains. Doctors cleared Mould of any heart problems.

"I was in the emergency room when someone called Mary (his wife) and told her I was supposed to get the Citizen of the Year Award at the luncheon," Mould said. "I had no idea."

Athens State President Jerry Bartlett said Mould works on Fiddlers all year. The event draws 15,000 spectators, who come to join jam sessions, shop for arts and crafts and compete in the competitions.

Mould also has helped coach his children's ball teams. His son, Luke ,is 14 and his daughter, Laura, is 18. He has helped with travel baseball and Athens Middle baseball.

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