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Winners from Appalachian String Band Festival 1999 at Clifftop, West Virginia


The 10th Appalachian String Band Music Festival at Camp Washington-Carver in Clifftop, W.Va., wrapped up Sunday, August 8, 1999. During the event, some of the nation’s finest string band musicians and old-time dancers won prizes in four old-time “traditional” contests—fiddle, banjo, string band and flat-foot dance—plus one “Neo-traditional” string band contest. More than 3,000 people attended the festival, which began Wednesday. The annual gathering features concerts, contests, crafts, dancing and workshops. Next year’s festival will be held Aug. 2-6, 2000.

The contest winners were:

Fiddle
1st place ($400) - Bruce Molsky of Arlington, Va.
2nd place ($200) - Mark Campbell of Richmond, Va.
3rd place ($150) - J.P. Fraley of Denton, Ky.
4th place ($100) - Scott Prouty of Elkins, W.Va.
5th place ($50) - Rhys Jones of Chicago, Ill.

Youth Fiddle Honors - 15 years of age and under
1st place ($100) - Zack Fanok of Morgantown, W.Va.
2nd place ($50) - Stephanie Coleman of Glenview, Ill.
3rd place ($25) - Matt Brown of West Chester, Pa.

Senior Fiddle Honors - 60 years of age and over
1st place ($200) - J.P. Fraley of Denton, Ky.
2nd place ($100) - Junior Spencer of Frankford, W.Va.
3rd place ($50) - Melvin Wine of Copen, W.Va.

Banjo
1st place ($400) - Joe Newberry of Durham, N.C.
2nd place ($200) - Bruce Molsky of Arlington, Va.
3rd place ($150) - Reed Martin of Cabin John, Md.
4th place ($100) - Bob Smakula of Elkins, W.Va.
5th place ($50) - Walt Koken of Trumansburg, N.Y.

Youth Banjo Honors - 15 years of age and under
1st place ($100) - Lydia Garrison of Ithica, N.Y.
2nd place ($50) - Adam Hurt of St. Paul, Minn.
3rd place ($25) - Katherine Gura of Chapel Hill, N.C.

Senior Banjo Honors - 60 years of age and over
1st place ($200) - Don Sarrell of Rising Fawn, Ga.
2nd place ($100) - Marvin Gaster of Sanford, N.C.
3rd place ($50) - Charlie Loudermilk of Frankford, W.Va.

Traditional Band
1st place ($700) - New Dixie Entertainers of Harriman, Tenn.
2nd place ($400) - Pilot Mountain Bobcats of Westfield, N.C.
3rd place ($300) - Charlie Loudermilk and the Mud Hole Controls of Frankford, W.Va.
4th place ($200) - County Commissioners of Carrboro, N.C.
5th place ($100) - Rhythm Rats of Fayetteville, N.C.

Neo-traditionalBand
1st place ($500) - Mando Mafia of Charlottesville, Va.
2nd place ($300) - Beer and Mangos of Hopkins, S.C.
3rd place ($200) - The Marzaks of Charlottesville, Va.
4th place ($150) - The Jimi Ziffle Experience of Charlotte, N.C.
5th place ($75) - Cuttin Up Gumby of Chapel Hill, N.C.

Old-Time Flat-Foot Dance - ages 15 and under
1st place ($75) - Chloe Edmonstone of Charlotte, N.C.
2nd place ($50) - Audrey Sibley of Hammond, La.
3rd place ($25) - Amanda Canfield of Lewisburg, W.Va.

Old-Time Flat-Foot Dance - ages 16 through 49
1st place ($75) - Phil Loyer of Riner, Va.
2nd place ($50) - Brian DeMarcus of Eagle River, Alaska
3rd place ($25) - Joanna Laney of Birmingham, Ala.

Old-Time Flat-Foot Dance - 50 years of age and over
1st place ($75) - Marilyn Branch of St. Joseph, Mich.
2nd place ($50) - James Obermeyer of Crown Point, Ind.
3rd place ($25) - Carolyn Molohn of Waterville, Ohio

Camp Washington-Carver is located adjacent to Babcock State Park just off Rt. 60 (Midland Trail) on Rt. 41. Promotional sponsors of the festival were WOAY-TV, The Fayette Tribune, WTNJ and 94Xfm, and Mountain River Tours Inc. The Appalachian String Band Music Festival is a program of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. For more information call (304) 558-0220.


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