A girl from Chapmansboro took home this year's top Jamboree award as the best fiddler in the National Championship for Country Musician Beginners.
Ivy Phillips was crowned the Grand Champion fiddler Saturday and won the coveted James G. "Bobo" Driver Memorial Award, named for the man who started the children's competition during the 1980's as part of the annual Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival. The award was presented by members of Mr. Driver's family including Russell Ambrose, Adam Driver, Jimmy Driver, and Bert Driver. Phillips also won first place for beginner buck dancing and clogging and second place in beginner dobro guitar.
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Meanwhile Kyle Ramey of North Vernon, Indiana, for the second year in a row, received the "Entertainer of the Year" Award, which is presented to the best overall instrumental entertainer among winners in the dobro guitar, mandolin, five string banjo, and flat top guitar competition. Ramey took home first place in all four of those categories and placed second in another, fiddling.
The National Championship for Country Musician Beginners showcases the talents of children up to age twelve in seven categories of competition.
This year's winners are as follows:
Fiddle: First Place-Ivy Phillips of Chapmansboro; Second Place- Kyle Ramey of North Vernon, Indiana; and Third Place- Jalee Roberts of Murfreesboro.
Buck Dancing: First Place- Ivy Phillips of Chapmansboro; Second Place- Ally Johnson of Springfield, and Third Place- Jalee Roberts of Murfreesboro
Clogging: First Place- Ivy Phillips of Chapmansboro; Second Place- Brayden Chunn of Greenbrier; and Third Place- Amy Fisher of Smyrna.
Dobro Guitar: First Place- Kyle Ramey of North Vernon, Indiana; Second Place- Ivy Phillips of Chapmansboro and Third Place- Jake Ramsey of Smithville.
Mandolin: First Place-Kyle Ramey of North Vernon, Indiana; Second Place-Bethany Ward of Columbia and Third Place- Anna Claire Stockoff of Brentwood
Five String Banjo: First Place- Kyle Ramey of North Vernon, Indiana; Second Place- Josiah Newman of Scottsville and Third Place- Wallace Layman of Kodak.
Flat Top Guitar: First Place- Kyle Ramey of North Vernon, Indiana, Second Place- Bethany Ward of Columbia; and Third Place- Anna Claire Stockoff of Brentwood.
(TOP PHOTO: IVY PHILLIPS WINS BEGINNER FIDDLING COMPETITION)
(SECOND PHOTO FROM TOP: LEFT TO RIGHT: RUSSELL AMBROSE, ADAM DRIVER, JIMMY DRIVER, AND BERT DRIVER WITH IVY PHILLIPS)
(THIRD PHOTO FROM TOP: KYLE RAMEY WITH NOLAN TURNER)
(REST OF PHOTOS SHOW KYLE RAMEY IN THE CATEGORIES HE WON INCLUDING FIVE STRING BANJO, DOBRO GUITAR, MANDOLIN, AND FLAT TOP GUITAR)