SPARTA — The Alleghany County Fiddlers Convention, held July 17-18 in Sparta had 230 contestants in junior and senior individual categories and 35 bands. The event is hosted by the Sparta-Alleghany Volunteer Fire Department every year on the third weekend in July at the Alleghany Fairgrounds.
Winners are listed beginning with first place.
Old time band – Slate Mountain Ramblers, Mount Airy; Blue Ridge Mountain Ramblers, Sparta; Correll’s Bait and Tackle, Elk Creek, Virginia; New River Renegades, Mouth of Wilson, Virginia; Hard Cider, Elk Creek, Virginia.
Bluegrass band – Bad Ridge, Oakwood, Virginia; Turkey Creek, Kingsport, Tennessee.; Sons of the South, Troutman; Claybank, West Jefferson; Adam McPeak and Mountain Thunder, Wytheville, Virginia.
Junior band – Shadow Grass, Troutdale, Virginia; Jones Sisters, Linwood.
Bluegrass fiddle – Crystal Shipley, Kingsport, Tennessee; Kitty Amaral, Elk Creek, Virginia; Jacob Turnbill, Shelby; Avery Davis, Radford, Virginia; David Woodie, Huntersville.
Old time fiddle – Lucas Pasley, Sparta; Richard Bowman, Mount Airy; Jerry Correll, Elk Creek, Virginia; Helen White, Mouth of Wilson, Virginia; Brett Martin, Elk Creek, Virginia.
Junior fiddle – Ruth Shumway, West Jefferson; Marissa Colter, Clemmons; Sarah Lemonds, Charlotte; Cooper Parsons, Crumpler; Eliza Meyer, Raleigh.
Old time banjo – Marsha Todd, Mount Airy; Trish Fore, Galax, Virginia; Jared Boyd, Laurel Fork, Virginia; Madison Shepherd, West Jefferson; Stanley Widner, Fancy Gap, Virginia.
Bluegrass banjo – Andy Lowe, Winston-Salem; Steve Chrisley, Wytheville, Virginia; Clay Russell, Troutdale, Virginia; Eric Hardin, West Jefferson; Grayson Tuttle, Wilkesboro.
Junior banjo – Clay Busic, Piney Creek; Brittany Osborne, Jefferson; Caleb Osborne, Piney Creek.
Mandolin – Matt Stacy, Grundy, Virginia; Connor Lambert, Troutman; Austin Tate, Marion, Virginia; Zack Arnold, West Jefferson; Rodney Hodges, Galax, Virginia.
Junior mandolin – Peyton Sexton, Sparta.
Guitar – Presley Barker, Traphill; Steve Lewis, Todd; Jacob Greer, Jefferson; Nic k Weitzenfeld, Roanoke, Virginia; Steve Kilby, Mouth of Wilson, Virginia.
Junior guitar – Mason Gwyn, Ararat, Virginia; Hazel Pasley, Sparta; Mason Wagoner, Glade Valley.
Bass – David Chrisley, Wytheville, Virginia; Jamie Stacy, Oakwood, Virginia; Scott Gentry, Roaring River; Loyd Richardson, Warrensville; Ben Marshall, Mount Airy.
Junior bass – Kyser George, Westfield; Katie Jones, Linwood.
Autoharp – Vickie Boyd, Laurel Fork, Virginia; JoAnn Redd, Galax, Virginia; Bobbi Roberts, Galax, Virginia; Mary Umbarger, Harmony; Penny Kilby, Mouth of Wilson, Virginia.
Dulcimer – Ehukai Teves, Bryson City; Clarence Roberts, Galax, Virginia; David Parks, Dublin, Virginia; Lois Hornbostel, Bryson City; Alan Darveaux, Morganton.
Dobro – Keith Aiken, Henderson; Jordan Roberson, Stoneville; Glenn Craver, Winston-Salem; John Powell, Mocksville; Josh Hazelwood, Dobson.
Vocal – Eric Marshall, Mount Airy; Tommy Nichols, Mount Airy; Donna Correll, Elk Creek, Virginia; Tom Rosencrans, Fries, Virginia; Dennis Joines, Sparta.
Harmonica – Eddie Ogle, Wytheville, Virginia; Glen Zuhlke, Galax, Virginia; Paul Hiatt, High Point; Milton Scott, Thurmond; Wayne Childress, High Point.
Senior dance – Samantha Wilhelmi, Cherie Compton, JoAnn Call, Vicky Boyd, Stacey Boyd.
Junior dance – Madison Shepherd, Tyler Carrico, Mary Claire Hooper, Marissa Colter, Liam Purcell.
Children’s dance participants – Cooper Parsons, Gio Lopez.