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Fast food fiddler spreads cheer to Chick-fil-A

A boy is spreading holiday cheer in an unexpected venue.

The mini maestro is taking his talents all the way to Chick-fil-A.

It might be one of the busiest restaurants in Bonneville County, but amid all the hustle and noise you’ll find in just about any fast food joint, you’ll also find that the Ammon Chick-fil-A boasts its own violin player.

Kade Winder, 10, has been playing for more than half his life and wants to become a professional when he grows up.

“I want to play at concerts for people that just want to see,” Kade said.

Although Carnegie Hall might be a few years off, Kade is thrilled to play the Chick-fil-A.

“My mom works here, and everyone just loves it,” Kade said.

“He’s worked so hard to be ready to play for events like this,” his mother, Tiffany Winder, said. “He practices sometimes as much as two and a half hours at night. He was really determined to do a great job.”

It all started when Kade and his aunt, who happens to be a violin instructor, were supposed to play at a Chick-fil-A community event. His aunt couldn’t make it, but as any true performer knows, the show must go on.

“He ended up carrying that whole event for himself, playing classical music for three hours,” Winder said.

Kade was suddenly a professional musician. The restaurant now pays him $15 per hour to stroll past the tables and play. Kade also gets plenty of tips.

“It feels good,” Kade said. “I’m just glad that I can help.”

Windersaid her son will continue to play his violin at Chick-fil-A on Monday nights, and will play even more often during the holiday season.

Chick-fil-A of Ammon is partnering with The Haven in Idaho Falls, donating a portion of its sales to the local charity.

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