Flags Presented to Women from Japan and California during Fiddlers Jamboree

July 1, 2011
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Dwayne Page
State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver Presents Tenn Flag to California Woman
State Senator Mae Beavers Presents US Flag to woman from Japan
State Proclamation Presented to Jamboree Coordinator Jack Barton

A woman from Japan received a United States flag while Linda Lohr of Ontario, California was presented a Tennessee State flag during the Fiddler's Jamboree on Friday evening

The flags, which have flown over the state capitol, go to the persons who travel the greatest distances, both from inside and outside the country, to get here.

The flags were presented by State Senator Mae Beavers and State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver. They also read a proclamation, which was adopted by both the state house and state senate and signed by the Governor, paying tribute to the Fiddler's Jamboree on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the festival.

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The first day of the 40th annual Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival ran non-stop from about 9:00 a.m. Friday morning until close just after midnight Saturday morning.

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Preliminaries were held in sixteen categories of music and dance competition followed by the finals featuring the top three acts in each event.

The following are the winners in each category:

Old Time Appalachian Folk Singing (Solo/Duet):
First Place- Graham Sherrill of Nashville
Second Place- Emily Dean of Greenbrier
Third Place- Tammy Melton of Monterey

Flat Top Guitar:
First Place- Jack Elmore of Cookeville
Second Place- Kurt Stephenson of Dyersburg
Third Place- Rob Pearcy of Smyrna

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Junior Clogging (Ages 13-39):
First Place- Justin Frazor of Woodbury
Second Place- Kelly Eicher of Allensville, Kentucky
Third Place- Kelsey Jones of Lyles

Junior Buck Dancing (Ages 13-39):
First Place- Chris Stewart of Bon Aqua
Second Place- Justin Frazor of Woodbury
Third Place- Kelsey Jones of Lyles

Dobro Guitar:
First Place- Jason Sanders of Lancaster
Second Place- Rob Pearcy of Smyrna
Third Place- Frannie Digiovanni of Greenbrier

Mountain Dulcimer:
First Place- Kurt Stephenson of Dyersburg
Second Place- Roger Amundsen of Longwood, Florida
Third Place- Preston Warden of Mount Juliet

Hammer Dulcimer:
First Place- Howard Friedman of Knoxville
Second Place- Beth James of Newport
Third Place- Chris Brown of Beech Grove

Novelty Event:
First Place-The Nash-Vegas Ramblers of Nashville
Second Place- Caney Forkers of Cookeville
Third Place- Keri Wright of McEwen

Youth Square Dancing:
First Place-Main Stage Explosion of Springfield
Second Place- Main Stage Fusion of Springfield
Third Place- Main Stage Extras of Springfield

Old Time Fiddle Band:
First Place-Hogslop String Band of Nashville
Second Place- The Tennessee Wildflowers of Smithville
Third Place- Sowbelly Stringband of Longwood, Florida

Autoharp:
First Place- Kurt Stephenson of Dyersburg
Second Place- Jace Aaron of Nashville
Third Place- Bettye Cash of Cookeville

Gospel Singing (Solo):
First Place-Graham Sherrill of Nashville
Second Place- Emily Dean of Greenbrier
Third Place- Larry Chunn of Greenbrier

Country Harmonica:
First Place-Isaac Vick of Lyles
Second Place- Tyler Martelli of Chattanooga
Third Place- Daniel Amick of Pleasantville

Old Time Banjo:
First Place- Graham Sherrill of Nashville
Second Place- Daniel Rothwell of Smyrna
Third Place- Erick Vick of Lyles

Gospel Singing (Duet, Trio, & Quartet):
First Place- Kelsey, Buddy & Charli Robertson of Callahan, Florida
Second Place- Missionary Ridge of Beech Grove
Third Place- The Nash-Vegas Ramblers of Nashville.

Mandolin:
First Place-Chris Brown of Beech Grove
Second Place- Kurt Stephenson of Dyersburg
Third Place- Daniel Amick of Pleasantville

The Fiddler's Jamboree resumes at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 2nd with preliminaries in the following categories:

Junior Fiddlers (ages 13-39); Junior Old Time Appalachian Flatfoot dance (ages up to 39); Senior Old Time Appalachian Flatfoot dance ( ages 40 and over); Senior Buckdancing (ages 40 and over); Senior Clogging (ages 40 and over); Bluegrass Banjo; Bluegrass Band; Bluegrass Fiddle, Senior Fiddlers (ages 40 and over); and Square Dancing. The winner of the Bluegrass Fiddle will receive the Neil Dudney Award, named for the former longtime President and Coordinator of the Fiddlers Jamboree.

Preliminaries will be held in each event and then the top three finalists will be called back Saturday night to compete for first, second, and third place.

The winners of the Junior and Senior Fiddling competition will square off for the Grand Champion Award, the Berry C. Williams Memorial Trophy at the conclusion of the festival.

Meanwhile, the National Championship for Country Musician Beginners will be held Saturday afternoon during the Jamboree featuring competitions for children, up to age twelve, in the categories of Buck Dancing, Clogging, Dobro Guitar, Mandolin, Five String Banjo, Flat Top Guitar, and Fiddle.

Preliminaries will be held in each event and then the top three finalists will be brought back to compete for first, second, and third place.

One child will receive the Best Overall Instrumental Entertainer and the top fiddler will get the James G. "Bobo" Driver Memorial Trophy.

WJLE will broadcast most of the on-stage entertainment LIVE and on-line at www.wjle.com.

In addition to music and dancing competitions onstage, the Fiddlers Jamboree also features hundreds of crafts displayed along many of the downtown streets, plenty of delicious foods for sale at local food booths, and lots of shade tree picking around the town square.

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