CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s champion old-time fiddle, bluegrass banjo and mandolin players competed for top honors on May 26, 2012, and old-time banjo, lap dulcimer and flat pick guitar players and liars on May 27, 2012, during the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s 36th annual Vandalia Gathering. There also were competitions for best homemade pound cake and cupcake.
he winners were:
Youth Old-Time Fiddle (age 15 and under
Old-Time Fiddle (age 59 and under)
Senior Old-Time Fiddle (age 60 and over)
Mandolin (all ages)
Bluegrass Banjo (all ages)
Lap Dulcimer (all ages)
Old-Time Banjo (59 and under)
Senior Old-Time Banjo (age 60 and over)
Youth Flat Pick Guitar (age 15 and under)
Flat Pick Guitar (all ages)
Pound Cake (all ages)
Cupcakes (all ages)
The annual Vandalia Gathering is a free celebration of the traditional arts, music, dance, stories, crafts and foods of West Virginia. The Culture Center and State Capitol Complex grounds play host to this expanding family-style gathering each year on Memorial Day weekend. The unique blending of ethnic and cultural heritage combines an atmosphere as comfortable as a family reunion with the excitement of a state fair. The statewide folk festival, named for the proposed 14th colony, pays tribute to the state’s ethnic heritage through a variety of exhibitions and programs.
The Liars Contest regularly draws standing-room-only crowds. Goldenseal, the magazine of West Virginia traditional life, hosts the event and publishes the winning stories each year. The lies must be short stories – humorous, dramatic, supernatural, etc. – of two to five minutes in length.
Vandalia Gathering is a program of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. For more information, contact Caryn Gresham, deputy commissioner and communications manager for the Division, at (304) 558-0220.
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.
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