Alleghany Fiddlers Convention names winners


Chester Shelton of Mount Airy competes in the harmonica division of the Alleghany County Fiddlers Convention in Sparta on July 16. Shelton won fifth place in the category.


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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, Virginia; 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.

Chester Shelton of Mount Airy competes in the harmonica division of the Alleghany County Fiddlers Convention in Sparta on July 16. Shelton won fifth place in the category.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_KIMG0002.jpgChester Shelton of Mount Airy competes in the harmonica division of the Alleghany County Fiddlers Convention in Sparta on July 16. Shelton won fifth place in the category. Submitted photo
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