Neil Dudney will soon be retiring as President and Coordinator of the Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival, a position he has held for sixteen years.
A plaque was presented to Dudney Saturday night on stage prior to the beginning of the finals competition.
The plaque reads "This plaque is presented to Neil Dudney for 16 years of service to the Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival as President and Coordinator. Your hard work and dedication have helped preserve Appalachian music and crafts for future generations. Your efforts will long be remembered "
Dudney received the plaque from the man expected to be his successor as Jamboree President and Coordinator, Jack Barton, who is currently assistant Jamboree Coordinator.
Dudney told WJLE Saturday night that he will continue to be a part of the Jamboree, serving as an assistant and advisor.
Dudney is one of the founders of the festival. Up until he was named President and Coordinator, Dudney served as sound engineer for the Fiddler's Jamboree.
Dudney's wife, children, sons-in-law, and grandchildren joined him on stage as he received his award.
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