Feet a flyin’, fid­dles a bowin’, and bands a sin­gin’ bring thou­sands to the 1890s Day Jam­boree Old Time Fid­dle Con­ven­tion

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY -

Or­ga­niz­ers at the 1890s Day Jam­boree Old Time Fid­dlers Con­ven­tion wel­come over 100 con­tes­tants in­clud­ing fid­dlers, gui­tarists, man­dolin­ists, bands, banjo play­ers, and clog­gers from states across the south to Ring­gold, Ga. May 27, 2017.

In­stru­men­tal­ists struck a chord as dancers twirled into the hearts of au­di­ences as they cheered dozens of mu­si­cians on to vic­tory to win nearly $7,000 in prize money spon­sored by Wal­ter Jackson Chevro­let stage at the his­toric Ca­toosa County Court­house.

“We marked our twelfth con­test this year with some of the clos­est com­pe­ti­tion we have seen,” said con­test or­ga­nizer Lewis Taylor. “Our vol­un­teers give tire­lessly to cre­ate and en­joy­able event. With­out them, our high cal­iber judges, and our spon­sors, none of this would be pos­si­ble.”

Taylor is a cham­pion har­mon­ica player win­ning ti­tles in sev­eral states and nu­mer­ous con­tests.

Mad­die Den­ton of Murfrees­boro, Tenn. won the Ran­dall Franks Tro­phy at the 1890s Day Jam­boree.

Den­ton also won the 22-50 age cat­e­gory for the chance to com­pete for the tro­phy. In the fid­dle off, she faced Mack Sn­oderly of Clyde, N.C. win­ner of the 51 and up cat­e­gory, who won fourth, An­drew Lin of Lex­ing­ton, Ky., from 16-21 cat­e­gory, who placed third, and Ivy Phillips of win­ner of the 11-15 cat­e­gory, who placed sec­ond.

The top prize is named in honor of Ap­palachian Am­bas­sador of the Fid­dle Ran­dall Franks, “Of­fi­cer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night.” On the heels of a Grand Ole Opry ap­pear­ance, he cheered the top four com­peti­tors on in their bid to win the Ran­dall Franks Tro­phy and the $500 prize. He pre­sented the win­ners on the main stage with Taylor.

Once hold­ing the ti­tle of Ge­or­gia State Blue­grass Cham­pion, the In­ter­na­tional Blue­grass Mu­sic Museum Blue­grass Leg­end and In­de­pen­dent Coun­try Mu­sic Hall of Fame in­ductee is a for­mer mem­ber of Bill Mon­roe’s Blue Grass Boys, Jim and Jesse’s Vir­ginia Boys and nu­mer­ous other groups who as a guest star often shared his tal­ents for the Grand Ole Opry. Franks co-hosts the Grand Master Fid­dler Cham­pi­onship at the Coun­try Mu­sic Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville each year. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit ran­dall­franks.com.

“It is so amaz­ing to see the tal­ent of these mu­si­cians. We have watched many grow up on our stage and so many are now com­pet­ing at an in­ter­na­tional level,” he said. “We are blessed the 1890s Day Jam­boree com­mit­tee strives to keep the tra­di­tion of the fid­dle con­tests a vi­tal part of the Amer­i­can mu­si­cal fab­ric.”

Main Stage Ex­plo­sion won the team dance com­pe­ti­tion, Main Stage Rev­o­lu­tion took sec­ond place, Main Stage Treble Mak­ers won third, and Main Stage Ex­tras took fourth, all from Spring­field, Tenn.

In the blue­grass band com­pe­ti­tion, Slim Chance of Murfrees­boro, Tenn. won first place, A Step Ahead of Green­brier, Tenn. took sec­ond, and Rita and Gary Woody of Tun­nel Hill, Ga. re­ceived third, Strictly Blue­grass of Ring­gold, Ga. got fourth and McGill and Com­pany of Ring­gold, Ga. re­ceived fifth.

Tyler An­dal of Nashville, Tenn. won gui­tar, banjo and man­dolin con­tests and third in 21-30 dance. Rob Pearcy of Smyrna, Tenn. took third in the man­dolin and sec­ond in gui­tar com­pe­ti­tion and re­ceived back up gui­tarist award. Mad­die Den­ton of Murfrees­boro, Tenn. took third in gui­tar, banjo and sec­ond in 2130 dance. Ivy Phillips of Chap­man­boro, Tenn. won sec­ond in man­dolin and banjo and third in 11-20 dance.

Other in­di­vid­ual dancers took home awards in sev­eral cat­e­gories.

Treble Chunn of Green­brier, Tenn., Amelia Brown of Spring­field, Tenn. and Syd­ney Borski or Gal­latin, Tenn. won first through third in the 10 and un­der dance.

Bray­den Chunn of Green­brier, Tenn., and Mered­ith Hud­son of Gordo, Ala., took the top two po­si­tions in 1120 dance.

Doug Ogle of Co­hutta, Ga. won first in 21-30 dance.

Ch­eryl and Larry Chunn of Green­brier, Tenn. won first and sec­ond while Sherry Borski of Gal­latin, Tenn. took third in the 31-up dance.

The next 1890s Day Jam­boree Old Time Fid­dlers Con­ven­tion will be Me­mo­rial Day week­end Satur­day 2018 in Ring­gold, Ga. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.city­ofring­goldga. com, or www.1890sDay. com or Like the event on Face­book.

2017 1890s Day Jam­boree Old Time Fid­dle Con­ven­tion win­ners:

Fid­dlers

Ran­dall Franks Tro­phy Fid­dle Off:

Mad­die Den­ton – Murfrees­boro, Tenn.

Ivy Phillips – Chap­mans­boro, Tenn.

An­drew Lin – Lex­ing­ton, Ky.

Mack Sn­oderly – Clyde, N.C.

Ages 10 and un­der:

Macy Shel­ton – Coker, Ala.

Emma Shel­ton – Coker, Ala.

Treble Chunn – Green­brier, Tenn. Ages 11-15: Ivy Phillips – Chap­mans­boro, Tenn.

Ben­jamin Lin – Lex­ing­ton, Ky.

Abby Claire Vaughn – Berry, Ala.

Mered­ith Hud­son – Gordo, Ala. Ages 16-21: An­drew Lin – Lex­ing­ton, Ky.

Matthew Lin – Lex­ing­ton, Ky.

Ja­cob John­son – Lin­coln, Ala.

Ashley Taylor – An­ti­och, Tenn. Ages 22-50: Mad­die Den­ton – Murfrees­boro, Tenn.

Tyler An­dal – Nashville, Tenn.

Doug Fleener – Litch­field, Ky.

Bill Jones – Hokes Bluff, Ala.

Ages 51 and up:

Mad­die Den­ton (third from right) of Murfrees­boro, Tenn. won the Ran­dall Franks Tro­phy at the 1890s Day Old Time Fid­dle Con­ven­tion May 27, 2017. In the fid­dle off, she faced Mack Sn­oderly (sec­ond from right) of Clyde, N.C. win­ner of the 51 and up cat­e­gory, who won fourth, An­drew Lin (right) of Lex­ing­ton, Ky. from 16-21 cat­e­gory, who placed third, and Ivy Phillips (sec­ond from left) of win­ner of the 11-15 cat­e­gory, who placed sec­ond. Con­tes­tants re­ceive their awards from Ran­dall Franks (third from left), or­ga­nizer Lewis Taylor (left).

Mad­die Den­ton of Murfrees­boro, Tenn. fid­dles her way to a fifth vic­tory at the 1890s Day Jam­boree Old Time Fid­dle Con­ven­tion in Ring­gold, Ga. (Photo by Ran­dall Franks)

Main Stage Ex­plo­sion of Spring­field, Tenn. took top honors in the team dance com­pe­ti­tion at the 1890s Day Old Time Fid­dlers Con­ven­tion on May 27 in Ring­gold, Ga. (Photo by Ran­dall Franks)

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