CLIFFTOP, W.Va. – The 29th annual Appalachian String Band Music Festival at Camp Washington-Carver in Clifftop, Fayette County, wrapped up on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. Twenty-one musicians, 12 bands and 11 dancers from California to Maine took home a total of $7,500 in prize money. Seven of the winners are from West Virginia, including Jim Mullins, St. Albans, Kanawha County, third place senior banjo; Tessa Dillon, St. Albans, Kanawha County, third place fiddle; Big Possum String Band, St. Albans, Kanawha County, first place Traditional Band; Joseph Riley, Hillsboro, Pocahontas County, first place Youth Traditional Band; Luke Snuffer, Beckley, Raleigh County, second place Flatfoot – 15 years of age and younger; Lucas Bryant, Huntington, Cabell County, third place Flatfoot – 15 years of age and younger; and Will Roboski, Elkins, Randolph County, third place Flatfoot – 60 and older.
More than 3,000 musicians, dancers, fans and friends representing all 50 states and 10 countries attended the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History’s five-day-event that features some of the world’s finest string-band musicians and flat-foot dancers. Contests were held in four traditional categories – fiddle, banjo, string band and flat-foot dance – plus one neo-traditional string band category.
The contest winners were:
Youth Neo-Traditional Band
Best New Composition Song
Best New Composition Tune
Youth Traditional Band
Old-Time Flat-Foot Dance – 15 years of age and younger
Old-Time Flat-Foot Dance – 16 years of age through 40
Old-Time Flat-Foot Dance – 41 years of age through 59
Old-Time Flat-Foot Dance – 60 years of age and older
Grand Champion Old-Time Flat-Foot Dance Winner
For more information about the 29th annual Appalachian String Band Music Festival, contact Andrea Nelson, public information specialist for the department, at (304) 558-0220.
A beautiful retreat listed in the National Register of Historic Places and operated by the West Virginia Department of Arts, 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.