Ten months ago, Sierra Yetter made a big investment and began to play the fiddle.

That investment - which included lots of practice - paid off on Saturday, as Yetter, 9, was named the P.T. Riley Jr. Jr. Achievement Award at the 2018 American Heritage Music Festival in Grove.

The girl from Allen, Oklahoma, taking part in her first competition, was all smiles as she received the honor from legendary fiddler and founder of the event, Jana Jae.

Yetter said she wanted to play the fiddle for a while. Finally, about a year ago, her grandmother Virginia Richarson, took her to a violin shop. 

It was a match made in strings.

"I thought [playing] was cool," Yetter said, adding was drawn to the fiddle. 

"I've always watched [them] in the orchestra," Yetter said. "I just like their sound."

For the Junior, Junior division, Yetter played Cripple Creek and the Kentucky Waltz for the judges.

With her first competition under he belt, Yetter has set her next goals - work to become a professional musician.

"I want to be famous and take care of my family," she said with a grin.

The fiddle is one of two instruments Yetter began playing this year. She also started learning to play the piano.

"I like music because it teaches me new things," she said