The 22nd Appalachian String Band Music Festival at Camp Washington-Carver in Clifftop, Fayette County, wrapped up Sunday, Aug. 7. During the event, some of the nation’s finest string band musicians and old-time dancers won prizes in four traditional contests — fiddle, banjo, string band and flat-foot dance — plus one neo-traditional string band contest. Ribbons for best original song and best original tune were awarded in the neo-traditional band category.
More than 2,800 people attended the five-day including visitors from 45 states as well as folks from Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, France, New Zealand and Sweden. Next year’s festival will be held Aug. 1 – 5, 2012. Camp Washington-Carver is operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.
The contest winners are:
Youth Banjo – 15 years of age and under
Senior Banjo – 60 years of age and over
Youth Fiddle – 15 years of age and under
Senior Fiddle – 60 years of age and over
Youth Neo-Traditional Band
Best Original Song (ribbon and certificate awards)
Best Original Tune (ribbon and certificate awards)
Youth Traditional Band
Old-Time Flat-Foot Dance – 15 years of age and under
Old-Time Flat-Foot Dance – 41 years of age through 59
Old-Time Flat-Foot Dance – 60 years of age and older
For more information about the 22nd Annual Appalachian String Band Music Festival, contact Caryn Gresham, deputy commissioner for the Division, at (304) 558-0220.
A beautiful retreat listed in the National Register of Historic Places and operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Camp Washington-Carver serves as the state’s mountain cultural arts center. The facility nurtures the cultural heritage embodied in the site since its dedication in 1942 as a 4-H and agricultural extension camp for West Virginia’s African Americans. The camp is located in Fayette County next to Babcock State Park, just off Rt. 60 (Midland Trail) on Rt. 41.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary. The Division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the Division’s programs, events and sites, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.