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Jamboree set for July 1
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Brandon Smith and Bryan Malone pick one out on the courthouse lawn at last year's Jamboree. - photo by Photo by Reed Vanderpool
The Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival is set for the first weekend of next month, July 1 & 2.The event will mark its fortieth anniversary this year.Jack Barton will tackle his third year as Fiddler's Jamboree Coordinator.The Jamboree will, as always, feature diverse food and drink selections for sale at locally sponsored food booths, crafts and creations all around the downtown area, old fashioned bluegrass music and dancing on stage, and lots of impropmtu picking and grinning around the courthouse square.Last year’s Grand Champion Fiddler Bill J. Birchfield of Roan Mountain, Tennessee. Birchfield took first place in the Senior Fiddling contest, and won the Berry C. Williams Memorial Award by beating Will McMeans of Lester, Alabama, the winner of the Junior Fiddling (ages 13-39) competition.Second place in Junior Fiddle was earned by Matt Kinman of Vilas, North Carolina, and third place went to Gailanne Amundsen of Longwood Florida.Amundsen was the 2009 grand champion fiddler and winner of the Junior Fiddle competition. Kelsey Jones of Lyles took first place in Junior Old-Time Appalachian Flatfoot Dance (ages up to 39).Second place went to Justin Frazor of Smyrna, and Chris Stewart of Lyles placed third.First place in the Senior Old-Time Appalachian Flatfoot Dance competition (ages 40 and & over) went to Jeff Yates of Adams.