In its 46th year the Mount Airy Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers Convention may have been one for the record books.
As previously reported, Gary Willard, who is on the board of directors at Veterans Memorial Park, where the convention took place on Friday and Saturday, said attendance at the event was the best he had seen in the 15 years in which he has been involved in the event.
It drew musicians and fans from as far away as Ireland, Australia, England, Germany, Japan and Canada, according to Willard.
According to another convention representative, about 400 musicians, bands or dancers signed up to compete in the annual event, and some rose to the top of the competition.
• In the adult folk song competition, Eliza Meyer, of Raleigh, took first place. She was followed by Eric Marshall, of Mount Airy, Steven Dowdy, of Franklin County, Virginia, Karen Webb, of Callaway, Virginia, and Kelly Brieding of Crumpler.
• In the adult bluegrass band competion, Harrison Ridge, of Mount Airy, placed first. The band was followed by second through fifth-place finishers Cyote Ugly, of Kingsport, Tennessee, The Marshall Brothers & High Road, of Mount Airy, Town Fork Station, of Walnut Cove, Virginia, and The Ragged Edge, of Mount Airy.
• John Hoffman, of Thomasville, won the adult bluegrass fiddle competition, and he was followed by Aaron Jonah Lewis, of Detroit, Michigan, Aila Wildman, Crysta Shipley, of Winston Salem, and Ruth Shumay, of Charlotte.
• Top placers in the youth bluegrass fiddle consisted of Sydney Loflin, of Denton, Kamron Nunn, of Westfield, Brook Hanes and Hadley Rutherford, of Lexington.
• First through fifth finishers in the adult bluegrass banjo competition included Steve Lewis. of Jefferson, Ronny Harrison, of Woodlawn, Virginia, Zachry Carter, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Charles Apple, of Kernersville, and Ted Nixon, of Jonesville.
• In the adult guitar competition, Chad Harrison, of Claudville, Virginia, took first place. He was followed by Steve Kilby, of Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, Zeb Gambill, of Purlear, Virginia, Danny Casstevens, of Mocksville, and Brennen Ernst, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
• Steven Dowdy, of Franklin County, Virginia, led the pack in the adult bass competition, followed by Geoffrey Saunders, of Nashville, Tennessee, Barbara Bowman, of Mount Airy, Tommy Nichols, of Mount Airy, and Misty Danley, of Julian.
• In the adult dobro competition, Robert Ellis, of Mocksville, snagged first place, followed by Donald Scott, of Mount Airy, Rick Hansen, of Wingate, Pammy Davis Lassiter, of West End, and Jimmy Ball.
• The top five finishers in the adult mandolin competition were Eli Wildman, of Floyd, Virginia, Luke Little, of Summerfield, Todd Hiatt, of State Road, Tom Mindte, of Rockville, Maryland and Allan McMillian, of Cana, Virginia.
• Ronnie Burroughs, of Keysville, Virginia, was the top placer in the adult autoharp. Finishing behind him were Michael Poole, of Pittsboro, Penny Kilby, of Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, Dexter Ramey, of Ambingdon, Virginia, and Vickie Boyd, of Laurel Fork, Virginia.
• In the adult dance competition, Marsha Todd, of Mount Airy, Phil Jamison, of Asheville, Rodney Sutton, Barbara Bowman, of Mount Airy, Donnie Cline, of Vale, were the top five finishers.
• Karlie Keepfer, of Sparta, finished first in the youth folk song competition. She was followed by Aila Wildman, of Floyd, Virginia, Lake Carver, of Mocksville, Hadley Rutherford, of Lexington, and Henry Bachhober, of Efland.
• In the adult Old-Time band competition, Five Mile Mountain Road, of Franklin County, Virginia, took first place, followed by the Slate Mountain Ramblers, of Mount Airy, The New Smoky Valley Boys, of Mount Airy, the Cabin Creek Boys, of Lansing, and the Pilot Mountain Ramblers, of Westfield.
• Andy Edmonds, of Mount Airy, finished at the head of the pack in the adult old-time fiddle division, beating second through fifth-place finishers Erynn Marshall, Billy Hurt Jr., of Boons Mill, Virginia, Richard Bowman, of Mount Airy, and Amy Alvey, of Asheville.
• Kai Grosclos, of Columbus, Ohio, won the youth old-time fiddle competition, beating out second through fifth-place finishers Asa Nelson, of Zionville, Lake Carver, of Mocksville, Mallie York, of Mount Airy, and Hunter Hiatt, of State Road.
• In the adult old-time banjo competition, Marsha Todd, of Mount Airy, snagged a first-place finish, followed by Joseph Beshears, of Elkin, Trish Fore, of Galax, Nancy Sluys, of Westfield, and Jared Boyd, of Laurel Fork, Virginia.
• Victor Furtato, of Boone, won the youth old-time banjo competition, and Karlie Keepfer, of Sparta, finished as the runner-up.
• Brody York, of Mount Airy, finished first in the youth guitar competition.
• In the youth bass division, Lillian Cockerham, of Lenoir, was the first place finisher, and Lincoln Moore, of Kernersville, was the runner-up.
• Gail Webber, of Greensboro, Hunter Walker, of Beckley, West Virginia, Tim Thornton, Margaret Wright, of Kenard, Texas, and Lois Hornbostel, of Bryson City, were the top-five placers in the adult dulcimer division.
• Elijah Moore, of Kernersville, won the youth mandolin competition.
• In the youth dance competition, Hazel Pasley, of Sparta, Asa Nelson, of Zionville, Talmadge Pasley, of Sparta, Karlie Keepfer, of Sparta, and Lillian Cockram finished first through fifth.
• Brody York received the most promising youth trophy at the convention.