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Denton pulls Jamboree hat trick
grand champion award
Grand Fiddling Champion Maddie Denton accepts her award from Sam Stout.
In hockey terms, Murfreesboro fiddler Maddie Denton got a hat trick Saturday night, winning the grand championship of the Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree for the third time since she defeated her mother in the finals in 2012.Denton made it to the finals Saturday night from the Junior Fiddlers’ division, moving forward to face fellow Rutherford countian and Senior Champion Gail Johnson of LaVergne in the fiddle-off for the Berry C. Williams Memorial Award. Each competitor, in the finals, was directed to play three songs including a break-down, waltz and a song of their choice.Johnson had made it to the senior finals (fiddlers 40 and over) by emerging from a field of three finalists, one of which was Denton’s mother, Marcia Denton. Maddie had claimed both of her prior titles by beating her mother in the fiddle-off finals in 2012 and 2014 but was denied a third family feud for all the marbles when Johnson was able to edge out Marcia Denton in the semi-finals.