CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The 24th annual Appalachian String Band Music Festival was held July 21-Aug. 4 at Camp Washington-Carver in Clifftop. More than 4,000 people attended, and 20 musicians, 12 bands and 12 dancers took honors in the event's various competitions.
The winners are:
Banjo: 1st, Tim Bing, Huntington; 2nd, Andrew Fitzgibbon, Montrose; 3rd, Seth Swingle, Earlysville, Va.; 4th, John Morris, Ivydale; 5th, Mary Sue Joy, Hollywood, Md.
Youth banjo (age 15 and under): 1st, Victor Furtado, Front Royal, Va.; 2nd, Trevor Hammons, Marlinton; 3rd, Rebecca Molaro, Asheville, N.C.
Senior banjo (age 60 and over): 1st, John Morris, Ivydale; 2nd, Robert "Pete" Peterson Jr., Oxford, Pa.; 3rd, William Schmidt, Baltimore, Md..
Fiddle: 1st, Clelia Stefanini, Elkins Park, Pa.; 2nd, Jake Krack, Marlinton; 3rd, Stephanie Coleman, Brooklyn, N.Y.; 4th, Leo Shannon, Seattle, Wash.; 5th, Rhys Jones, Warrenton, Va.
Youth fiddle: 1st, Leo Shannon, Seattle, Wash.; 2nd, Noel "Kitty" Amaral, Elk Creek, Va.; 3rd, William Brauneil, Washington, D.C.
Senior fiddle: 1st, Pete Vigour, Crozet, Va.; 2nd, Burguiere Polo, Ardeche, France; 3rd, Elmer Rich, Morgantown.
Neo-traditional band: 1st, No. 47, Elkins; 2nd, Jubal's Kin, Longwood, Fla.; 3rd, Poor Taters, Athens; 4th, Second Hand Suits, Lancaster, Pa.; 5th, Davy Jones Evidence Locker, Montrose.