Regional musicians and dancers claim prizes at Old Fiddlers Convention


Staff Report



GALAX, VA— Local folks found favor with fiddles, feet and more at the 82nd Annual Old Fiddlers Convention.

Held annually the week ending on the second Saturday of August, this musical gathering took place in Galax, Virginia located just north of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the North Carolina state line. Because of this festival Galax considers itself “World Capital of Old Time Mountain Music” where several local residents were recognized for excellence.

The Best All Around Performer award was presented to Jimmy Edmonds of Galax who played the Old Time Fiddle.

Yadkin Valley residents were recognized for the following achievements:

Old Time Fiddle: Andy Edmunds received fourth place and Richard Bowman ninth place, both of Mt. Airy. Winning this category was Jimmy Edmunds of Galax.

Dobro: Donnie Scott of Mt. Airy received second and Austin Simmons of Pilot Mountain received tenth. Winning this category was Quentin Frazier of Dapto, Austraila.

Mandolin: Jonah Horton of Wilkesboro claimed top prize in this category with Todd Hiatt of State Road coming in sixth.

Bluegrass Fiddle: Winning this category was Ivy Phillips of Chapsmansboro, Tennessee.

Dulcimer: Winning this category was Don Depoy of McGaheyville, Virginia.

Bluegrass Banjo: Hersey McMillian received ninth place and Ronnie Harrison was awarded tenth, both of Mt. Airy. Winning this category was Jeremiah Stephens of White Creek, TN.

Clawhammer Banjo: Nancy Sluys of Westfield received eighth place. ninth place, both of Mt. Airy. Winning this category was Peco Watson of Galax.

Autoharp: Winning this category was Lois Shumaker of Olin.

Guitar: Claiming first place was Presley Barker of Trap Hill.

Folk Song: Topping the charts was Tommy Nichols of My. Airy.

Dance: Joann Call of Roaring River received ninth place. Winning this category was Brett Martin of Elk Creek, Virginia.

Bluegrass Bands: The Trailblazers of Wilksboro took first place with Blu-vue of Mt. Airy claiming seventh.

Old Time Bands: Slate Mountain Ramblers received third place, The New Smokey Valley Boys claimed seventh and South Carolina Broadcasters took fourteenth, all of Mt. Airy. Winning this category was New Ballard Branch Bogtrotters of Galax.

In addition to adult competitions, contests were available for youths ages 15 and under.

Youth winners were as follows:

Old Time Fiddle: Winning this category was Max McGlothlin of Narrows, Virginia.

Bluegrass Fiddle: Madison Elmore of Hays received fourth place. Winning this category was Marissa Colter of Clemmons.

Mandolin: Bringing in top honors in this category was Kyser George of Westfield with Emma Lowe of Wilksboro coming in fifth place.

Dulcimer: Winning this category was Don Depoy of McGaheyville, Virginia.

Clawhammer Banjo: Winning this category was Karlie Keepfer of Sparta.

Bluegrass Banjo: Winning this category was Carter Wilson of Fleetwood.

Guitar: Brody York of Mt. Airy received third place. Winning this category was Gabe Bemus of Salisbury.

Band: Winning this category was Cool Breeze of Piney Flats, Tennessee.

Youth Folk Song: Elizabeth Carter of Ronda received third place. Winning this category was Karlie Keepfer of Sparta.

Youth Dance: Winning this category was Ashlynn Remine of Vinton, Virginia.

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