Vandalia Gathering winners announced

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia's champion old-time fiddle and banjo, bluegrass banjo, lap dulcimer, flatpick guitar and mandolin players competed for top honors May 25 during the West Virginia Division of Culture and History's 37th annual Vandalia Gathering. The winners were:Youth Old-Time Fiddle (age 15 and under): First place - Walter King, ElkinsSecond place - Lydia Hager, Kenna
Third place - Chloe Sergent, MiltonOld-Time Fiddle (age 59 and under): First - Dan Kessinger, St. MarysSecond - Jason Chewning, BeverlyThird - Walter King, ElkinsFourth - Cody Jordan, Point PleasantFifth - Robbie Mann, GlenvilleSenior Old-Time Fiddle (age 60 and over): First - Elmer Rich, MorgantownSecond - Jim Mullins, St. AlbansThird - Terry Vaughan, Cross Lanes
Fourth - John Morris, IvydaleFifth - Richard Eddy, MaidsvilleMandolin (all ages): First - David Watson Jr., West Union Second - Dan Kessinger, St. MarysThird - Karl Smakula, Montrose
Fourth - Robin Kessinger, St. AlbansFifth - Ben Perdue, MorgantownBluegrass Banjo (all ages): First - Logan Browning, St. AlbansSecond - Marteka Lake, Hacker ValleyThird - Karl Smakula, MontroseFourth - Robert Russell, TallmansvilleFifth - Blaine Johnson, Beaver
Lap Dulcimer (all ages): First - Martha Turley, OnaSecond - Will Manahan, ElkviewThird - Ezra Drumheller, ProsperityFourth - Ryan Davis, BeckleyFifth - Morgan Spradling, BeckleyOld-Time Banjo (59 and under): First - Tim Bing, HuntingtonSecond - Logan Hoy, BelleThird - Dennis Ott, RonceverteFourth - Chad Ashworth, St. AlbansFifth - James Blankenship, Sand ForkSenior Old-Time Banjo (age 60 and over): First - Jim Mullins, St. AlbansSecond - Paul Gartner, YawkeyThird - Ken Sheller, ElkinsFourth - John Morris, IvydaleYouth Flatpick Guitar (age 15 and under): First - Bryant Underwood, CharlestonSecond - Isaac Putnam, LooneyvilleThird - Claire Walker, CharlestonFlatpick Guitar (all ages): First - Adam Hager, KennaSecond - Jamie Rhodes, CullodenThird - Matt Lindsey, DunbarFourth - Doug Workman, St. AlbansFifth - Jarrod Saul, SumercoVandalia Gathering will be featured June 22 during West Virginia's 150th birthday celebration at the state Capitol. Food and craft vendors will be plentiful on the Capitol grounds. Concerts will feature some of the winners in mandolin, bluegrass and old-time banjo, flatpick guitar, lap dulcimer and old-time fiddle contests, and gospel singing will take place throughout the day. Competitions will be held for the best pound cake, cupcake and maple cookie, as well as the annual Liars Contest. An outdoor dance stage will present heritage and ethnic dancing, traditional square dancing and flatfoot and clogging opportunities, with bands and callers on hand. The Old-Time-for-Young-'Uns area will provide a 4-H campfire experience for youth of all ages.The annual Vandalia Gathering is a free celebration of the traditional arts, music, dance, stories, crafts and foods of West Virginia. The Culture Center and State Capitol Complex grounds play host to this expanding family-style gathering each year on Memorial Day weekend. The statewide folk festival, named for the proposed 14th colony, pays tribute to the state's ethnic heritage through a variety of exhibitions and programs.Vandalia Gathering is a program of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. For information, contact Caryn Gresham, deputy commissioner and communications manager for the Division, at 304-558-0220.
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