We are so thrilled with the participation in this year’s competition. Folks from all over the world submitted videos of themselves sharing SWVA music and dance, and we are so proud of every single entry. The level of competition was very high and our only regret is that we didn’t have enough prizes or categories to recognize all of the deserving entries.

We appreciate all the enthusiasm and support that we received around this event and certainly hope that everyone will join us again next year for another SWVA contest!

Youth Category

1st Place: Ayden Young, Roanoke, VA
“Struttin’ To Ferrum” written by Gene Parker (of Ferrum, VA)

2nd Place: Cheyenne Grantham, Boones Mill, VA
“Carroll County Breakdown”

3rd Place (tie): Sara Nell Chase, Weaverville, NC
“Lily of the Valley”

3rd Place (tie): Wyatt Grantham, Boones Mill, VA
“John Henry”

Honorable Mention: Ola Moeckel, Floyd, VA
“Shooting Creek”

Honorable Mention: Brock Greer, Kingsport, TN
“Lost Indian”

Dance Category (Adult)

1st Place: Cherie Quinn Compton, Ferrum, VA
Dancing to the Twin Creeks Stringband playing “Lee Highway Blues”

2nd Place: Ola Moeckel, Floyd, VA
Dancing to Mac Traynham and Shay Garriock playing “Shooting Creek”

3rd Place: Andrea Smith, Stuart, VA
Dancing to “John Brown’s Dream”

Honorable Mention: Charmaine Slaven, Seattle, WA
Dancing to “Uncle Norm’s Tune”

Honorable Mention: Miss Moonshine, Atlanta, GA
Dancing to Mac Traynham and Friends

Folk Song Category (Adult Category)

1st Place: Jamie Renee Shelor, Cary, NC
“Billy Grimes the Rover”

2nd Place: Seth Shumate, Chicago, IL
“Be Kind to a Man While He’s Down”

3rd Place: Jack Hinshelwood, Abingdon, VA

Honorable Mention: Elsa Howell, Roanoke, VA
“Pretty Polly”

Instrumental Category (Adult Category)

1st Place: Henry Barnes, Marshall, NC
“The Girl I Left Behind Me”

2nd Place: Jared Boyd, Independence, VA
“Yellow Cat”

3rd Place: Nathan Sykes, Church Hill, TN
“Hard Times”

Honorable Mention: Kilby Spencer, Crumpler, NC
“Nancy Blevins”

Honorable Mention: Paul Brown, Winston Salem, NC
“Lady of the Lake”

Honorable Mention: Mark Harris, Fort Collins, CO
“Ship in the Clouds”