Except for about an hour and a half delay because of threatening weather, the first day of the 35th annual Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival ran non-stop from about 9:00 a.m. to 11:10 p.m. Friday.
Preliminaries were held in fifteen 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- The Greens of Ripley Mississippi. Second Place- Emily Dean of Springfield, Tennessee. Third Place- Jack Horner of Nashville..
Flat Top Guitar: First Place-Will McMeans of Lester, Alabama. Second Place- Brian Blaylock of Hixson, Tennessee. Third Place- Dr. Rob Pearcy of Smyrna, Tennessee.
Junior Clogging (Ages 13-39): First Place- Amanda Herron of Cookeville. Second Place- Lauryn Boss of Bloomington Springs. Third Place- Chris Stewart of Lebanon.
Junior Buck Dancing (Ages 13-39): First Place- Jacob Campbell of Murfreesboro. Second Place- Chris Stewart of Lebanon. Third Place- Amanda Herron of Cookeville.
Dobro Guitar: First Place-Earl Grubbs of Murfreesboro. Second Place- Tyler Collins of Allons, Tennessee. Third Place- Brian Blaylock of Hixson.
Mountain Dulcimer: First Place-Bobby Nobley of LaGrange, Georgia. Second Place- Rob Pearcy of Smyrna. Third Place- Lisa Patton of Murfreesboro.
Hammer Dulcimer: First Place- Amber Burks of Greenbrier. Second Place- Howard Friedman of Knoxville. Third Place- Beth James of Newport.
Novelty Event: First Place-Pa Fields and the Wham Bangers of Crossville. Second Place- Lucille Graham of Bryant, Alabama. Third Place- Backwards Bluegrass of Dyersburg.
Old Time Fiddle Band: First Place-DeKalb County Hilltoppers of Danville, Virginia. Second Place- Blue Creek Ramblers of Murfreesboro. Third Place- Slim Chance of Allover Tennessee.
Autoharp: First Place-Bobby Nobley of LaGrange, Georgia. Second Place- Jeremy Stephens of Danville, Virginia. Third Place- Bill Rothe of Estill Springs.
Gospel Singing (Solo): First Place- Molly Green of Ripley, Mississippi. Second Place- Amber Burks of Greenbrier. Third Place- Anna Noe of Nashville.
Country Harmonica: First Place-Isaac Vick of Lyles, Tennessee. Second Place- Ken Tenpenny of Murfreesboro. Third Place- Lewis Taylor of Ringgold, Georgia.
Old Time Banjo: First Place-Jeremy Stephens of Danville, Virginia. Second Place- Eric Vick of Lyles, Tennessee. Third Place- Rob Pearcy of Smyrna.
Gospel Singing (Duet, Trio, & Quartet): First Place- The Greens of Ripley, Mississippi. Second Place- Tomlin & Chunn of Greenbrier. Third Place- Emily & Ty of Springfield.
Mandolin: First Place- Solly Burton of Sullivan, Indiana; Second Place-Jesse Daniel of Fort Payne, Alabama. Third Place- Will McMeans of Lester, Alabama.
State Senator Mae Beavers presented a United States flag to a member of the audience from Australia and a Tennessee State flag to a visitor from Alaska.
The flags go to the persons who travel the greatest distances, both from inside and outside the country, to get here.