Area musicians place in Vandalia contests


West Virginia’s champion old-time fiddle, bluegrass banjo and mandolin players, traditional pound cake and favorite family cookie bakers competed for top honors on Saturday, May 27, during the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s 41st annual Vandalia Gathering in Charleston on the Capitol grounds.

On Sunday, May 28, old-time banjo, lap dulcimer, flatpick guitar musicians and liars vied for awards.

Chandler Beavers of White Sulphur Springs placed third in the mandolin contest. Matt Hiser of Spanishburg took first place, and Dan Kessinger of St. Marys took second.

Also, Dwight Diller of Marlinton placed fifth in the Senior Old-Time Banjo (age 60 and over) contest.

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