SPARTA — The Alleghany County Fiddlers Convention had 197 individuals and 27 bands competing in Sparta on July 15-16, including junior and senior old-time and bluegrass categories and a dance contest.
The fiddlers convention is hosted by the Sparta-Alleghany Volunteer Fire Department and is held the third full weekend in July each year at the Alleghany Fairgrounds. The 2017 convention will be on July 21-22.
Winners are as follows, listed first through fifth place.
Bluegrass Bands: Sons Of The South, Troutman; Bad Ridge, Oakwood, Virginia; Mountain Grass, Marion, Virginia; Bluegrass Tradition, Ararat, Virginia; Willows Ridge Bluegrass, Kingsport, Tennessee.
Old Time Bands: Cabin Creek Boys, Lansing; Slate Mountain Ramblers, Mount Airy; Jerry’s Bait And Tackle, Elk Creek, Virginia; High Ridge Pickers, West Jefferson; Brits And Grits, Mount Airy.
Junior Bands: The Flattops, Mocksville; The Wingate Trio, Independence, Virginia.
Bluegrass Fiddle: Marissa Colter, Clemmons; John Hofmann, Thomasville; Butch Barker, Lansing; Rick Lowe,Troutman; Honey Brassfield, Oakwood, Virginia.
Old Time Fiddle: Chris Testerman, Lansing; Erika Testerman, Lansing; Richard Bowman, Mount Airy; Jerry Correll, Elk Creek, Virginia; David Burns, Zionville.
Junior Fiddle: Ruth Shumway, West Jefferson; Sylvia Mcgee, King; Lake Carver, Mocksville; Sarah Lemonds, Charlotte; Millie Mcgee, King.
Bluegrass Banjo: Mike Mullins, Clinchco, Virginia; Ted Nixon, Jonesville; Timmy Mills, Riner, Virginia; Jay Adams, Pine Hall; Trajan Wellington, Jefferson.
Old Time Banjo: Brien Fain, Stuart, Virginia; Marsha Todd, Mount Airy; Trish Fore, Galax, Virginia; Jared Boyd, Laurel Fork, Virginia; Madison Shepherd, Jefferson.
Junior Banjo: Brittany Osborne, Jefferson; Clay Busic, Piney Creek; Caleb Osborne, Piney Creek.
Mandolin: Matthew Stacy, Oakwood, Virginia; Rodney Hodges, Galax, Virginia; Todd Hiatt, State Road; Austin Tate, Marion, Virginia; Luke Morris, Galax, Virginia.
Junior Mandolin: Emma Lowe, Wilkesboro; Elijah Moore, Kernersville; Peyton Sexton, Sparta; Zack Wingate, Independence, Virginia.
Guitar: Steve Kilby, Mouth Of Wilson, Virgnia; Eric Hardin, Jonesborough, Tennessee; Tommy Chandler, Mocksville; Steve Lewis, Jefferson; Joshua Raines, Haysi, Virginia.
Junior Guitar: Gus Mcgee, King; Mary Ellen Wingate, Independence, Virginia; Hanna Debord, Piney Creek.
Bass: David Chrisley, Wytheville, Virginia; Stacy Boyd, Laurel Fork, Virginia; Loyd Richardson, Warrnesville; Franklin Rash,Troutman; Sandra Birdwell, Mount Airy.
Autoharp: Joann Redd, Galax, Virginia; Vickie Boyd, Laurel Fork, Virginia; Virgil Adams, Galax, Virginia; Lois Shumaker, Olin; Bobbi Roberts, Galax, Virginia.
Dulcimer: Lois Hornbostel, Bryson City; Clarence Roberts, Galax, Virginia; Dick Lamb, Keezletown, Virginia; David Parks, Dublin, Virginia; Ehukai Teves, Bryson City.
Dobro: Robert Ellis, Mocksville; Pammy Davis Lassiter, West End; Keith Aiken, Henderson; Danny Hargis, Huntersville; Tom Costner, Pilot Mountain.
Vocal: Keith Souther, Mocksville; Beth Smith, Walnut Cove; Tommy Nichols, Mount Airy; Jamie Stacy, Oakwood, Virginia; Karlie Keepfer, Sparta.
Harmonica: Paul Hiatt, High Point; Glenn Zhulke, Galax, Virginia; Milton Scott, Thurmond; Wayne Childress, High Point; Chester Shelton, Mount Airy.
Senior Dance: Madison Shepherd, Jefferson; Marsha Todd, Mount Airy; Paula Faulk, North Wilkesboro; Cherie Compton, Ferrum, Virginia; Marty Todd, Mount Airy.
Junior Dance: Lillian Cockerham, Lenoir.
Children’s Dance (8 And Under, Participant): Lila Williams, Laurel Springs.