CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The 23rd annual Appalachian String Band Music Festival was held at Camp Washington-Carver in Clifftop on Aug. 1-5. Winners of its contests were:
Banjo: first: Mac Traynham, Willis, Va.; second: Mike Kropp, Wyoming, R.I.; third: Joseph DeCosimo, Jonesborough, Tenn.; fourth: Luke Richardson, Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; fifth: Lynn "Chirps" Smith, Whitewater, Wis.
Youth banjo (ages 15 and under): first: Victor Furtado, Front Royal, Va.; second: Lulu Furtado, Front Royal, Va.; third: John Vance Jr., Chapel Hill, N.C.
Senior banjo (ages 60 and up): first: Mike Kropp, Wyoming, R.I.; second: Carl Baron, Ambler, Pa.; third: Bertram Levy, Port Townsend, Wash.
Fiddle: first: Emily Schaad, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; second: Stephanie Coleman, Brooklyn, N.Y.; third: Jake Krack, Marlinton, W.Va.; fourth: Grace Forrest, Big Sur, Calif.; fifth: John Engle, Asheville, N.C.
Youth fiddle: first: Nina DeVitry, Columbia, Pa.; second: Andrew Vogts, Chadds Ford, Pa.; third: Kitty Amaral, Elk Creek, Va.
senior fiddle: first: Paul Brown, Winston-Salem, N.C.; second: Henry T. Fiddler, Arvada, Colo.; third: Jim Childress, Free Union, Va.
Neo-traditional band: first: Drunken Catfish Ramblers, Fayetteville, Ark.; second: Critton Hallow, Paw Paw, W.Va.; third: The Olds 78s and the Retro Ramblers, Kingston, Ark.; fourth: Westbound Rangers, Nashville, Tenn.; fifth: Jubal's Kin, Longwood, Fla.