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Champion fiddle, bluegrass banjo and mandolin players Saturday competed for prizes during the 2000 Vandalia Gathering. Two categories of fiddlers—those 60 years of age and over and those under 60 years of age—were recognized. The other two contests included all ages. Champion old-time banjo, lap dulcimer and flat pick guitar players competed Sunday for prizes. Two categories of banjo pickers—those 60 years of age and over and those under 60 years of age—were recognized. The other two contests included all ages.

The winners were:

Fiddle - 60 years of age and over
1st place ($400) - Elmer Rich, Westover
2nd place ($250) - Woody Simmons, Mill Creek
3rd place ($150) - Glen Smith, Elizabeth
4th place ($75) - Lefty Shafer, Charleston
5th place ($50) - Junior Spencer, Frankford

Fiddle - under 60 years of age
1st place ($400) - David Bing, Harmony
2nd place ($250) - Jake Krack, Orma
3rd place ($150) - Dan Kessinger, St. Marys
4th place ($75) - Zack Fanok, Morgantown
5th place ($50) - Jenny Allinder, Charleston

Mandolin - all ages
1st place ($400) - Steve Acord, Fairdale
2nd place ($250) - Brandon Bentley, Sumerco
3rd place ($150) - Fred Honaker, Oak Hill
4th place ($75) - Robin Kessinger, St. Albans
5th place ($50) - Virgil Osborne, Lorado

Bluegrass Banjo - all ages
1st place ($400) - Bobby Maynard, Huntington
2nd place ($250) - Rad Lewis, Winfield
3rd place ($150) - Virgil Osborne, Lorado
4th place ($75) - Calvin Leport, Henderson
5th place ($50) - Ben Harrington, Fairdale

Senior Old-Time Banjo
1st place ($400) - Woody Simmons, Mill Creek
2nd place ($250) - Charles Loudermilk, Frankford
3rd place ($150) - Ben Carr, Wilsie
4th place ($75) - Sylvia O’Brien, Maysel
5th place ($50) - Gene Dickinson, Charleston

Old-Time Banjo
1st place ($400) - Tim Bing, Gandeeville
2nd place ($250) - David O’Dell, West Logan
3rd place ($150) - Andrew Dunlap, Morgantown
4th place ($75) - John Blisard, Elkview
5th place ($50) - Gerry Milnes, Elkins

Lap Dulcimer
1st place ($400) - Alan Freeman, Renick
2nd place ($250) - David O’Dell, West Logan
3rd place ($150) - Dave Haas, Cross Lanes
4th place ($75) - Timmy Gillenwater, Griffithsville
5th place ($50) - John Stike, South Charleston

Flat Pick Guitar
1st place ($400) - Robert Shafer, Elkview
2nd place ($250) - Matt Lindsey, Dunbar
3rd place ($150) - Robin Kessinger, St. Albans
4th place ($75) - Timmy Gillenwater, Griffithsville
5th place ($50) - Brandon Bentley, Sumerco

West Virginia’s best liars competed Sunday for prizes in the Liars Contest during the 24th annual Vandalia Gathering with the GOLDENSEAL magazine Golden Shovel award going to the best tall tale. Four-time champion liar Bil Lepp emceed the contest.
The winners were:
Biggest Liar (first place): John Smith, Meadow Creek
Bigger Liar (second place): Mark Howes, French Creek
Big Liar (third place): Gary Buchanan, Creston
Youth Award: Sean Wiegand, Charleston