Greenbrier Girl Crowned Grand Champion Fiddler for Beginners

July 4, 2010
Dwayne Page
Cara Digiovanni Crowned Grand Champion Beginner Fiddler
Jamboree Coordinator Jack Barton Presents Awards to Beginners Fiddling Champ
Aaron Clegg Receives Instrumental Entertainer Award from Nolan Turner

A Greenbrier girl took home this year's top Jamboree award as the best fiddler in the National Championship for Country Musician Beginners.

Cara Digiovanni 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.

Meanwhile Aaron Clegg of Social Circle, Georgia 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. Clegg took home first place in three of those categories and second place in another.

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-Cara Digiovanni of Greenbrier; Second Place- Steven Alonso of Adams, Tennessee; and Third Place- Conner McCracken of Fredericksburg, Indiana..

Buck Dancing: First Place- Katie Huntley of Loretto, Tennessee; Second Place- Raygan Sellers of Ashland City; and Third Place- Keley Tomlin of Springfield.

Clogging: First Place- Shelby Dunn of Fairview; Second Place Kati Huntley of Loretto; and Third Place- Brayden Chunn of Greenbrier.

Dobro Guitar: First Place- Aaron Clegg of Social Circle, Georgia; Second Place- Kyle Ramey of North Vernon, Indiana; and Third Place- Frannie Digiovanni of Greenbrier.

Mandolin: First Place- Aaron Clegg of Social Circle, Georgia; Second Place-Frannie Digiovanni of Greenbrier; and Third Place- Ben Hester of Chapmansboro

Five String Banjo: First Place- Aaron Clegg of Social Circle, Georgia; Second Place- Adam Keckritz of Tullahoma; and Third Place- Grayson Philips of Chapmansboro

Flat Top Guitar: First Place- Kati Huntley of Loretto; Second Place- Aaron Clegg of Social Circle, Georgia; and Third Place- Cole Nichols of Town Creek, Alabama.

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